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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Explore Colonial Farms on March 25th Hike!

Historical use of Canton land for farming is the focus of a hike of our Barbour Woods Trail, Sun. March 25 at 1:30 p.m. 
Hike leader Nate Cantwell will relate the history of the several former farms that you will traverse.

This is a moderately difficult, 1.5 hour hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and please leave dogs at home. In case of bad weather, check back here for status.

The hike will begin at the Sun, Wind and Woodlands Preserve. From Route 44, turn onto Indian Hill Road and continue 1.4 miles to the end. Turn right on Breezy Hill Road and continue about .5 miles. About 100 yards past a red house on the left, turn left into the unpaved parking lot.

Cross-country skiing (weather permitting)

Once again, weather conditions have not favored the cross-country ski event that had been planned for Feb. 10. If snow conditions improve, we will announce a new date and time. Check back here for updated information.

Skiers of all levels are invited to dress for winter conditions and bring their skis to explore the beautiful winter trails with Land Trust Director John Pech. Skiers may stay with the group or venture out on their own. Plan on two hours of skiing, but those preferring a shorter outing may take a shorter loop.


Archaeology at the Mary Conklin Sanctuary

Last October 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