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 Aquifer 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.
|John E. Grant Management Area Dedication
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Easton Conservation Commission dedicated the Wheaton Farm Management Area to John Grant. John Served as a member of the Easton Conservation Commission for nearly forty-five years. Throughout his tenure, John diligently and conscientiously served to protect the natural resources of Easton for the enjoyment and benefit of all residents and future generations. Carrying on the work begun by his uncle, Clifford (Kippy) Grant, John was the driving force between so many of the land acquisitions that comprise Easton's extensive conservation land holdings. Building relationships with land owners, understanding their desires for future use of their land and gaining their trust was essential to protecting the natural landscape Easton residents have come to love.
|During the dedication ceremony, the Conservation Commission also awarded the John E. Grant Environmental Stewardship award to Jonathan Chace in recognition of his long term commitment to protecting Easton's natural resources. Jonathan was a long time member of the Conservation Commission and has taken special interest in the management of Easton's open space to ensure the protection of the functions and values for which it was acquired.|
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