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PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PLAN UPDATE 2nd COMMUNITY FORUM ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT 7:00PM
DONALDSON ROOM, TOWN OFFICES

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE FALL TRAIL WALKS

Lincoln has a strong and deeply-rooted conservation ethic, which is evident as one travels the scenic roads and trails within the community. The Conservation Department works closely with the 7-member volunteer 
Conservation Commission who are appointed to staggered terms by the Board of Selectmen and charged with ensuring the long-term protection of the Town’s natural resources, agricultural & habitat fields and trails.

Education and outreach are integral to the Department's mission. We hope you'll take a minute to browse through our Ecological Design, Construction & Maintenance Handbook where you'll learn tools and tips for sustainably developing and caring for your home and landscape. Click here to enlarge this document in a new window



Please also browse our Invasive Species Booklet where you'll learn how to identify prohibited, non-native invasive plants of MA and read strategies to control these plants and replace them with native alternatives. Enlarge this document in a new window



Open Space Planning
Since the first piece of conservation land was acquired in 1957, the Commission and Staff have worked closely with the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and Rural Land Foundation to identify and implement creative land-use strategies that balance growth with environmental protection. 2008 Open Space & Recreation Plan.

 Lincoln has made great strides toward achieving its open space goals:
  • Preserve Lincoln's agricultural, recreational and natural resource values,
  • Promote active stewardship of existing agriculture and conservation land,
  • Maximize recreational opportunities on recreational and conservation land, and
  • Foster a sense of coordination, education and outreach regionally and locally.

Almost 35% or 5 square miles of the Town is protected by permanent conservation deeds or restrictions and users enjoy over 80 miles of trails. The recently redesigned trail map and trail guide book are available for purchase at the Conservation Department.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2016/2017 PLAN UPDATE

Land Stewardship

While several critical parcels remain to be protected for conservation and recreation purposes, the Department spends a great deal of effort on sound stewardship of existing conservation land. Conservation Staff manage approximately 1,600 acres of municipal conservation land and they work hard to balance a range of activities including:
  • trail-based recreation for a variety of user groups,
  • enhancement of biodiversity,
  • eradication of non-native, invasive species, and
  • promotion of agricultural enterprises.

In addition, the Department conducts baseline documentation and annual monitoring on hundreds of acres of pubic and privately-restricted land.


Wetlands
The Commission and Staff conduct wetlands permitting under state and local laws when work alters land within wetlands, within the 100-foot buffer zone to wetlands or within 200 feet of a perennial stream. This work is critical for protecting Lincoln's public drinking water and wildlife habitat and for preventing storm damage, pollution and flooding.

Education & Outreach
Integral to the conservation mission is connecting people with nature by:
  • working with local school groups and scouts,
  • leading walks and hosting talks,
  • providing relevant information through this website, brochures, lectures, etc. and
  • conducting site walks with homeowners.

Please contact our knowledgable staff by phone or the email links to the right. Together we have extensive expertise on wildlife, ecological design and management, plant identification, invasive-species control and water quality.


Volunteer for the Conservation Department

Thomas Gumbart
Conservation Director
Email

Angela Kearney
Conservation Planner
Email

David McKinnon
Land Manager
Email

Jane Layton
Conservation Ranger
Email

16 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Ph: 781-259-2612

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.