“Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Report Dirt Bikes and ATV's on Conservation Lands

Have you noticed dirt bikers or All-terrain vehicles used at a property you steward or care about? These vehicles are not allowed on T3C or town conservation lands and they often cause damage to the land and trails.

We are working with the Marine and Environmental Services Department to streamline the infractions and track issues to expedite response. Please fill out the form below when after each observation.


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Please fill out the form after each observation.

Hunting on Conservation Lands

Photo by Milke Tucker

Deer populations in New England have multiplied over the past 50 years in response to the development of natural landscapes and the reduction of predators. As a result, over-abundant deer populations reduce the diversity of plants and other wildlife species found in the forest. With the removal of shrub and seedling layers, the successional process of a forest is interrupted, resulting in a less resilient landscape.

Simply put, when old trees die, there are no new trees to replace them if deer eat the seedlings and saplings. Unfortunately, they especially like oaks and many other native species, as their pallets have yet to adapt to many introduced species.

Regulated hunting is one of the most effective tools that state wildlife agencies use to address the overpopulation of a species. Therefore, when it comes to deer, hunters are tapping into a local food source and helping to give our forests a chance to regenerate by controlling the numbers of the local deer population.

Properties where hunting may occur:

Andrews Grove & Pond 14
Crane Wildlife Area N. of 151
Crane South (Hayway Road)
Collins Wood Lot
Crooked Pond Wellsite
Dorthea Allen & Hayway Road Town Parcel
Kettle Holes Area
Long Pond / Town Forest
Mares Pond
Moonakis & Quashnet River
Northern Moraine Trail Area
Shallow Pond Woodlands
The Rod and Gun Club Properties with Permission
Washburn Island
Wing Pond Conservation Area

**This list is for informational purposes and may be missing some properties, please let us know if there is a property that should be added or removed.