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:

Christmas Tree and Greens Sale (plus cookies and hot chocolate!)

Sat. Dec. 8,  9 am - 1 pm at the Smith Tree Farm

There's nothing as wonderful as this tradition to start off the holiday! Hike into a beautiful field, choose the perfect tree, and cut it down to take home.

But before you go, stay and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. Or stay longer and hike the property!

There will be dozens of spruces and firs to choose from, from $25 to $35, and pine green bundles for $5. 

Volunteers will help cut your tree and lift it onto your car. Please bring rope to assist with tying.                

Selecting your tree is also a good time to renew, or begin, your Land Trust membership!

Directions: take Wright Road from Route 179 (Cherry Brook Road). Turn left from Wright Road onto Doyle Road and continue for one-half mile. The last portion is unpaved. There is parking near the farm's barn.                                                                                      

Happy Holidays from the Canton Land Conservation Trust!



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