Conservation Management Areas
American Kestrel - Wheaton Farm
|For over thirty years the Town of Easton has been a leader in acquiring land to protect wildlife habitat, provide outdoor recreational opportunities, and protect the public water supply. These conservation management areas are open to the public for passive recreation.|
Easton's Open Space
Beginning with a small group of citizens who recognized the importance of preserving open space and forested areas, the Town acquired approximately 250 acres of land in an area called Wheaton Farm. The town has annually increased its conservation land holdings to over 3,000 acres, including 1,000 acres around the original acquisition. Many of these areas include estimated and priority habitat of rare and endangered species, and are within either the Hockomock Swamp Area of Critical Environment Concern or Canoe River Acquifer Area of Critical Environmental Concern. These lands are additional to the two state-managed conservation lands associated with Borderland State Park and the Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area.
Conservation Land Kiosks
New trailhead kiosks and maps have been added to several of the town's Conservation Management Areas:
Old Pond Management Area - the trail system at Old Pond is part of the Bay Circuit Trail; a new kiosk was installed this fall by Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Day volunteeers overseen by the Appalachian Mountain Club Clifford G. Grant Management Area - new kiosks are located at the trailhead located at the top of Lothrop Street and at the trailhead off Lincoln Street Wheaton Farm Management Area - the kiosk located at the old parking lot at the main Wheaton Farm entrance has been moved to the new parking lot and is undergoing a complete face list thanks to Nick Barber who took this on as his Eagle Scout project. Edwin Keach Recreational Fields - the kiosks at the Edwin Keach field provide information about vernal pools which are featured on the periphery of the recreation area
Easton boasts over 4,000 acres of Conservation Land comprising several large management areas. Several of these management areas offer well defined walking trails through a variety of natural resource regimes that include deeply forested areas, wet meadows, red maple swamps, sweeping pond and grassland vistas and scrub oak / pitch pine forests. Click here for a map of all the Conservation Management Areas and trail maps.
Please note that all Easton's conservation management areas are open to hunting. When using these areas during hunting season wear brightly colored clothing, keep dogs on leash and make your presence known. Click here for Massachusetts Hunting Season Dates.
|The Bay Circuit Trail is a permanent recreation trail and greenway extending through 37 towns in Eastern Massachusetts, linking parks and open spaces in fifty-seven Boston area communities. A portion of the trail traverses Easton through Borderland State Park and the Old Pond Management Area. Over the past year the Appalachian Mountain Club and volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Old Colony YMCA and Access Easton have helped maintain Easton's portion of the trail and recently installed a new kiosk with trail information at the Old Pond Trailhead. For more information on volunteer efforts click here. For more information about the Bay Circuit Trail and a complete trail map, click here.
Making Open Space AccessibleThe dam at the New Pond Management Area is a well-known fishing area and provides a sweeping view of the pond. Recent steps have been and will be taken to improve access to the dam for people using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Read here to learn more.
Borderland State Park
*Please note that hunting with shotguns in compliance with Massachusetts State Laws is allowed on Easton's Conservation Land