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Canton Conservation Commission

Canton Conservation Commission Responsible for implementing the MA Wetlands Protection Act, Canton Wetland, Stormwater, and Soil Erosion Bylaws, and managing over 400 acres of open space in the Town of Canton, MA.

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The Pequitside Task Force has been developing a management plan for Pequitside Farm. The Task Force is comprised of prop...
03/03/2022

The Pequitside Task Force has been developing a management plan for Pequitside Farm. The Task Force is comprised of property stakeholder representatives including the Conservation Commission, Recreation Commission, Select Board, town staff, and property abutters. Now is your time to provide comments! Please visit the town website using this link to review the draft plan and provide comments on management objectives and action items proposed over the next five year period. Send any comments in writing to Conservation Agent Regen Milani at [email protected].

https://www.town.canton.ma.us/951/12164/Pequitside-Draft-Management-Plan-for-pub?activeLiveTab=widgets

The Town of Canton is organizing its first ever town-wide litter clean up day on Saturday, April 30, 2022 starting at 10...
03/03/2022

The Town of Canton is organizing its first ever town-wide litter clean up day on Saturday, April 30, 2022 starting at 10am. Please considering volunteering that day to create a cleaner, greener Canton. Advanced registration is required. To register go to:

https://keepcantonbeautiful.org/clean-up-registration

02/11/2022
The local Community Preservation Committee is seeking input to gauge the value, interest, and importance of various aspe...
02/07/2022

The local Community Preservation Committee is seeking input to gauge the value, interest, and importance of various aspects of the Community Preservation Act in Canton. None of the CPA funds since Canton adopted this program have been spent on the conservation of natural areas. This short survey will take less than five minutes to complete. We urge you to speak out and help conserve the few remaining parcels of forest through the use of CPA funds. Competition for funds is increasingly difficult and development pressure is at an all-time high. Forest cover protects water quality and quantity, clean air, provides beautiful places to walk, mitigates the impacts of climate change, and provides habitat for Canton’s unique plants and animals that also call our town home. Your voice will inform your decision makers that investing in nature is highly valued by residents. Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out this important survey. Photo of Glen Echo Pond Fall 2021.

Join us Thursday, February 10th, from 6:30-8:00 pm for part four of the Plan For Your Land webinar series, "How can I re...
02/07/2022
"Plan for Your Land" Landowner Webinar Series | UMass Amherst MassWoods

Join us Thursday, February 10th, from 6:30-8:00 pm for part four of the Plan For Your Land webinar series, "How can I reduce my property taxes?"

The Ch. 61 Current Use programs can be an important component of a conservation-based estate plan. Chris Capone, MA DCR Service Forester, and Ross Hubacz, consulting forester with Fieldstone Natural Resources, will discuss the Chapter 61 programs and how to use them to reduce your property taxes.

All webinars are free. More information about the webinar series and recordings of past webinars can be found at: MassWoods.org/webinars.

Your land is part of your legacy. Planning its future will help you reach your personal and financial goals and ensure the continuation of the many public benefits it provides. In fact, planning the future of your land may be the most important step you can take as a landowner, for you, your family,...

Evergreens of New England
01/17/2022

Evergreens of New England

Timeline photos
01/14/2022

Timeline photos

A super cool infographic showing all the roles dead wood plays in nature!

The Ark initiate is based in Europe so many of the species are different here, but the jist is the same- a little pile of wood can go a long way in supporting a healthy food web.

#dyk #supportingwildlife #greenyards

Wishing you all happy and healthy Holidays!
12/14/2021

Wishing you all happy and healthy Holidays!

The Henry David Thoreau Foundation is now accepting applications from top Massachusetts high school seniors who plan to ...
12/06/2021
Henry David Thoreau Foundation

The Henry David Thoreau Foundation is now accepting applications from top Massachusetts high school seniors who plan to study environmental issues in college. Selected Thoreau Scholars will receive a four-year scholarship up to $20,000, eligibility for an environmental internship stipend, and access to the scholar alumni network. Applications are due by February 1, 2022.

The Henry David Thoreau Foundation is a charitable trust that propels environmental leadership across disciplines. Through scholarships and grants we strengthen the ability of undergraduate students and professors to pursue collective study of environmental issues and promote more creative action.

Today installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Pequitside Farm continued. There will be space for eight veh...
12/02/2021

Today installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Pequitside Farm continued. There will be space for eight vehicles to plug in. This project was funded by the state partially through funding secured by fines issued to Volkwagen from thier emissions scandal. The future is here! More details soon.

SPECIES OF THE WEEKGreen Ash -  Fraxinus pennsylvanicaThe range of the Green Ash tree stretches far and is native to acr...
11/01/2021

SPECIES OF THE WEEK
Green Ash - Fraxinus pennsylvanica
The range of the Green Ash tree stretches far and is native to across the East and Midwest United States. The Green Ash has been similarly naturalized in the Western US as well as Europe. The leaves typically change color in September to a beautiful golden-yellow, and the tree flowers in the spring when leaves grow back. The tree can almost exclusively be found along streams and bottomlands. Green Ashes also were often planted in urban environments for ornamental purposes. They are an important food source for tadpoles, and the bark can be utilized in the production of electric guitars. Yet the Green Ash, along with other Ash trees native to the US, have gone from staple of the Eastern US to critically endangered due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a beetle introduced from Asia. Yet there is hope; recently trees have been observed surviving EAB attacks, suggesting resistance may be developing to these beetles.

For more information about the Green Ash, click here!
http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/TreeDetails/?id=36

SPECIES OF THE WEEKFireweed -  Erechites hieraciifoliusIn the open fields and pastures, you may be able to spot this dis...
10/28/2021

SPECIES OF THE WEEK
Fireweed - Erechites hieraciifolius
In the open fields and pastures, you may be able to spot this distinctive plant. Fireweed are a pioneer species, which means they will quickly colonize an open area with no competitive species present. The name “Fireweed” comes from their presence on burnt sites, after a forest fire or other disturbances. They thrive moist soils and are often found in urban areas. While the plant is native to the Americas, it can be found as far as China, Hawaii, and Southeast Asia. They can be spotted by their thick green stems with alternate, serrated, simple leaves. Leaves may be lobed or unlobed, and when crushed an unpleasant smell is released. Flowering typically occurs in the fall, with flowers bearing typically either a yellow or pink color. In the summer, the plant has a head of wispy achenes, similarly to dandelions. Wasps and honeybees are the main pollinator of this plant, and wind works to disperse the seeds as well. In Canton, you can spot Fireweed at Pequitside Farm and Wardwell Conservation Area.

For more information about Fireweed, click the link below!
https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/erechtites-hieraciifolius/

Please pick up all pet waste, even in natural areas, and dispose of it in your trash. It is so important for our health....
10/27/2021

Please pick up all pet waste, even in natural areas, and dispose of it in your trash. It is so important for our health. The Conservation Agent out on a site visit came upon this pet waste right along a streambed. There are 1503 dogs registered in Canton as of October 25, 2021. Each dog produces an average of a quarter pound of solid water per day. That adds up to 137,149 pounds of dog waster per year in Canton. Do you really want all that waste- along with the excess nutrients and e coli contained in it- going into your streams and rivers? All storm drains lead into your water. It is up to you to make the right choice.

A big thank you to the Canton High School cross country team for being a huge help with the removal of invasive species ...
10/13/2021

A big thank you to the Canton High School cross country team for being a huge help with the removal of invasive species here at Pequitside Farm! They helped remove oriental bittersweet, common buckthorn, glossy buckthorn and multiflora rose. We appreciate you 😁

Timeline Photos
10/13/2021

Timeline Photos

Rake your leaves away from the road, sidewalk, and driveway to reduce water pollution and prevent flooding.

Fallen leaves clog storm drains and are loaded with natural fertilizer, which can cause water pollution that harms people and animals.

Learn more at YourCleanWater.org/leaves #fall #yardwork

Read the Label: Choose Zero phosphorus fertilizers: Too many nutrients in our rivers, lakes and ponds cause excessive gr...
09/28/2021

Read the Label: Choose Zero phosphorus fertilizers: Too many nutrients in our rivers, lakes and ponds cause excessive growth of aquatic plants, algae, and harmful cyanobacteria in the summer. Phosphorus is a nutrient that occurs naturally in soil. But when it runs off lawns into water it acts like Miracle Grow. To protect our water, in 2012 the State banned the use of fertilizers that contain phosphorus except when planting a new lawn or when a soil test shows a phosphorus deficiency. In no cases should you apply such fertilizer when it is raining or within 10 feet of a wetland or water body. A healthy lawn, with deep topsoil, will need little fertilizer or watering. So if you need to buy fertilizer get the one with a middle number of 0- zero phosphorus! Photo of Silk Mill Pond courtesy the Neponset River Watershed Association.

The Canton Conservation Commission over the past year has been making an effort to contact property owners who may have ...
09/28/2021
Expired Conservation Permit Lists | Canton, MA - Official Website

The Canton Conservation Commission over the past year has been making an effort to contact property owners who may have old open, expired permits attached to the title of their properties. The Commission has over 450 open, expired wetland permits and over 70 open, expired stormwater management permits on record. Most of these will have been recorded at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds and needs to be reviewed by the Commission at a meeting before the title can be cleared. The Conservation Department has been sending out letters to property owners informing them of the permits, but still many remain unresolved. Often these old permits show up during a title search when the property is up for sale. The encumbrance can hold up a closing or prevent financing. If you have had any work done on your house or bought a newly constructed house in Canton since 1971, please visit the town website at the following link to see if your name or your property address appears on the lists that have been posted. Any questions, call the Conservation office at 781-821-5035.

https://www.town.canton.ma.us/908/Expired-Conservation-Permit-Lists

Lists of open, expired Conservation permits

September 20-24 is EPA Septic Smart Week to inform homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance to help pr...
09/20/2021

September 20-24 is EPA Septic Smart Week to inform homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance to help protect the quality of our natural surface wetlands and groundwater supplies.

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79 Pleasant Street
Canton, MA
02021

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(781) 821-5035

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