Canton Land Conservation Trust
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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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Moonlight Hike - Feb. 11, 5:30 - 8:30pm -  
Our most popular event of the year; a hike through the woods illuminated by moonlight and candle-light, followed by refreshments (in a horse barn), a bonfire, and good company. The public is welcome and there is no cost to participate, although donations are gratefully accepted. We provide the chili and beverages but hikers can bring something to share.

The trailhead is on Breezy Hill Rd., off of Indian Hill Rd. Please do not begin your hike before 5:30pm. Snowshoes may be helpful, depending on the depth of the snow cover. No dogs, please.

Hold the Date - Annual Dinner - March 21 at La Trattoria

Online Donations - the ** Donate Online ** button, which had been temporarily out of service, is now up and running again, providing a convenient online alternative for membership and other donations.

Christmas Tree Sale - The Smith Tree Farm continued its revitalization with a successful tree sale on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Thanks to all who came out in support. Many found success!

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

Archaeology at the Mary Conklin Sanctuary

We recently 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.

Silent Auction Contributors
as of March 14th

  • Bikram Yoga in the Valley
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Cake Gypsy
  • Canton Indoor Golf
  • Canton Village Gulf Service Center
  • Collinsville Canoe and Kayak
  • Cherry Brook Pizza
  • Cross Fit Legitimus Gym
  • Crown and Hammer Pub
  • Bill Duncan
  • Dynamic Auto
  • Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Flatbread Pizza Company
  • Foothills Delery
  • Harvey and Lewis
  • Healthtrax
  • Hickory Ledges Farm
  • Wayne Jekot
  • Deb Koval
  • La Trattoria Restaurant
  • Long Automotive
  • Meat House
  • Midas Automotive
  • Motophoto
  • Portobello's Restaurant
  • Riverside Nursery and Garden Center
  • Roaring Brook Nature Center
  • Saybrook Fish House
  • Shop Rite
  • Simsmore Tennis Club
  • Southern Pines
  • Spirited Hand
  • Stepping Stones and Trusty Trail Guides
  • Betty Stanley
  • Super Cellar Warehouse
  • Trader Joe's