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:

Explore “The Many Faces of Cherry Brook” on Saturday May 19 June 16 ** note the new date and time **

Visit an old saw mill site, an agricultural flood plain area, and the remnants of an old grist mill dam in Canton Center, on a Canton Land Conservation Trust walk on Sat. June 16th at 9:15 a.m.

Local historian Anne C. Hall, Ph.D. will lead this approximately 1-hour walk, visiting three locations on Cherry Brook showing the different historic uses and environments of the stream. The sites are part of a larger study of the historic usage of streams and watercourses being undertaken by the Canton Land Trust.

Wear sturdy walking shoes, and please leave dogs at home. In case of questionable weather, check here for possible postponement.

Directions: rendezvous at the commuter parking lot on the northwest corner of Rts. 44 and 179. Plan to arrive at 9:15 to form carpools for a 9:30 a.m. departure.



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