Canton Land Conservation Trust
The Mission of the Canton Land Conservation Trust is to acquire, preserve, and protect land of scenic, natural or historic value within the Town of Canton; to maintain this land and its plant and animal life using the best conservation, wildlife habitat, and forestry practices available; and to promote public awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of the land.
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Upcoming Events:

Sweetheart Mountain Work Party - Saturday November 9, 10 a.m.

Join members of Boy Scout Troop 174 for a few hours of brush cutting, invasives removal, signage refurbishment and trail management.

Meet at Sweetheart Mountain Trail parking lot at 10 a.m.

Dress appropriately and bring hand tools.

Thanks to the Scouts for their service!


Explore the Swan Preserve Trails - Sunday November 17, 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a hike on the Swan Preserve, 25 Case St., and learn some history of this Land Trust property.

The approximately 2-hour hike will be led by Land Trust Director Harold Mullins.

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. The hike will proceed rain or shine. Please leave dogs at home.




Archaeology at the Mary Conklin Sanctuary

In October 2017 we explored the foundation of a former barn once used as part of the Town of Canton's poor farm.  Pictures of that activity now appear in our  Photo Gallery.

New England Cottontail Cut Completed at Sun, Wind and Woodland

The forestry work has been completed and we have now reopened the Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve to the public. The cut was intentionally left "messy" with brush piles and slash left behind to provide cover for small mammals and to protect tree seedlings by discouraging deer browse. We look forward to seeing the cut rapidly change as it develops into the brushland habitat needed by New England Cottontails and many species of birds.

While the area is no longer closed, we urge people to stay out of the newly cut area. Please feel free to use the Sun, Wind, and Woodland On the eastern edge of the project, and the unmarked trail on the southwest border of the project. In addition to brush piles which might not be stable, the project deliberately leaves slash on the ground throughout the cut area. This material helps prevent erosion, encourages regrowth, and discourages deer from browsing on the new growth. It is deliberately difficult to walk through, so we urge people to stick to the trails.

For more information and pictures of the forestry work please visit our  Photo Gallery