RULES, REGULATIONS & SAFETY

MAPS & RESOURCES

Conservation Land Rules & Regulations

Guide to Foxborough Conservation Land

Foxborough Hunting Rules & Info

Foxborough Conservation Land Map

Guide to Neighborhood Open Space

 

ATTENTION ATV/OHV RIDERS!!

CONSERVATION TRAIL MAPS

Use of Cons Lands during COVID-19

Harold Clark Town Forest

LANE LEARNING CENTER

Sallie Property, Main Street

Trail Map - Lane & Neponset Res.

Lane Homestead & Neponset Res.

Lane Trail Map - back of trifold

Lane Trail Map - back of trifold

Facebook; Conservation Friends

Cocasset River Park & CRRA

 

Beaumont's Pond Area

LEARNING CENTER RULES & USE

Canoe River Wilderness, North

Map of Lane Homestead

Canoe River Wilderness, South

Lane Fire Pit Use Guidelines

Wolf Meadow

Learning Center Use Request Form

Gilbert Hills State Forest

Lane Scout Camping Request Form

 

Leave No Trace Brochure

WARNER TRAIL

 

Friends of Warner Trail Link

FREE PROGRAMS AT LANE!

Warner Trail Map

(Please stay tuned...)

Warner Trail Report/Info (large file)

 

 

SCOUT USE OF OTHER CONSERVATION AREAS

OTHER NEARBY TRAILS

Scout Camping Request Form

Bay Circuit Trail near Foxborough

 

King Philip's Rock, Sharon

FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES

 

Neponset River Watershed

NEPONSET RESERVOIR INFO

MA Health & Human Services

Neponset Reservoir Facebook

 

Neponset Reservoir Committee

HUNTING & FISHING

NRRC

Foxborough Hunting Rules & Info

NRRC Facebook Page

MA DCR Hunting Information

Kayaking on Neponset Reservoir

MA Hunter Education Program

(above kayaking info was not generated by ConCom)

Mass Wildlife Fisheries Information

 

Mass Hunting & Trapping Info

LAKES & PONDS, MISCELLANEOUS

Hunter Fact Sheet - Ticks

Lakefront Living Tips

 

Docks, Chapter 91 FAQs

BE SAFE! TICK INFO

 

Outdoorsman Fact Sheet - Ticks

Open Space and Recreation Plan Maps

Tick Facts and Information

 

 

USE OF FOXBOROUGH CONSERVATION AREAS DURING COVID-19

Town conservation areas and trails will remain open to the public during this time for a much needed escape from the stresses of COVID-19.

There IS a thread of silver lining during this difficult time! While we are all physically isolating to prevent the spread of the virus, we will have more time for each other and for nature (which is always open)! And getting outside can help boost your and your family’s resilience and mental well-being, too.

For the health and safety of others during this time, please:

  • Practice social/physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet apart, even outdoors.
  • Stay home if you are sick, or if you might have been exposed.
  • DO NOT congregate in groups of any size during your visit.
  • Dogs must be controlled at all times (on a leash) by an adult.
  • No motorized vehicles (except those required by public safety officials).
  • Take out what you take in, including any trash, dog waste, or other items on your person. These things are not only eyesores, but they can be sources of disease transmission.
  • Check often for deer ticks during your visit, then again when you get home; yes, they’re out!
  • If a lot of vehicles are parked nearby, please choose another property or time to visit.

Foxborough has 13 core conservation areas, so there is plenty of open space to go around, while still successfully social distancing (for trail details, see links, above). 

Please remember to carry out what you carry in

IT’S YOUR LAND, ENJOY IT… BUT PLEASE STAY SAFE!


The information contained on this page is in response to questions the Conservation Office often receives.
 If you have additional questions, please contact Jane Pierce, Foxborough's Conservation Agent. 
We appreciate your feedback; thank you.

Guide to Foxborough's Conservation Land and Open Spaces

The Conservation Commission's first edition of the Guide was created by the Commission's summer intern, Ryan Clapp. The Guide includes information about more than 2,000 acres of permanently protected open space in Foxborough, including roughly 700 acres of F. Gilbert Hill State Forest.

We hope that this guide will help to improve and preserve these lands, now and for future generations to come.

Before visiting one of Foxborough's Town conservation areas, we ask that you please review the Conservation Land Rules and Regulations document (downloadable above).


Trail Maps

In addition to our new Guide, more detailed trail maps of some conservation areas are downloadable, above. The trail maps were created by Ryan Norton, the Town DPW's GIS guru; the Conservation Commission plans to create additional trail maps in the future, so please stay tuned!


Revised Foxborough Conservation Land Rules and Regulations

Please note that the Conservation Commission revised Foxborough's Conservation Land Rules and Regulations on April 24, 2017. A link to the document is included, above.


Foxborough's Open Space Plan

Foxborough's Open Space and Recreation Plan (link, above) contains information about the Town's conservation and recreation areas, as well as other interesting facts about the Town, including historical background; geology, soils and topography; water resources; fisheries and wildlife; and unique environments.

An Open Space and Recreation Plan is a working document that represents a town's needs, as determined through surveys and public meetings. A town must have an up-to-date, state-approved Plan to be eligible for state conservation and recreation grants.

Since Foxborough's plan has now expired, the Conservation Commission and Recreation Department are working diligently to update it. We would appreciate any help you can give us; if you would like to help, please contact the Conservation and/or Recreation Departments. Thank you!


Group Camping

Scouting troops are allowed to camp on a couple of Foxborough conservation properties (Lane Property and near Greely's Pond [Canoe River Wilderness, North]), with the written permission of the Conservation Commission.

Completed  Scout Camping Request Forms (downloadable, above) must be received by the Conservation Department's office in Town Hall at least two weeks before any proposed camping date. Based upon availability, the Conservation Agent will inform the individual who will be responsible for their scouting group whether their request is approved. If it is, a copy of their completed/signed Camping Request Form (with conservation rules attached) will serve as their permit.


(Although the following was posted in the Foxboro Reporter in 2011, it still applies.)

Passive Recreation on Foxborough Conservation Properties

With over seventy inches of snow, the 2010-2011 winter has been a challenging one with regard to keeping roads, roofs and sidewalks clear and safe for Foxborough residents. However, there is a brighter side for the snow-dependent recreation enthusiasts.

For the first time in many years, snow shoeing and cross country skiing tracks are evident on our conservation lands. At the same time however, the use of snow-mobiles has also burgeoned, especially on the Lane Property, between North Street and the Neponset Reservoir where complaints have been logged. There are serious safety concerns for the on-foot recreationists when snowmobiles are being used and there is also concern for the snowmobile user with regard to hitting objects and gate structures buried in the snow.

The Foxborough Conservation Commission would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that our conservation lands are for "passive" recreation. The use of off-road motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles in winter and ATV's, dirt bikes, quads, and motorcycles at other times of the year, is prohibited on all town conservation properties in Foxborough.

For more information, please click the ATV link, above.


HUNTING

On Town Property

Foxborough's Conservation Office often receives questions about hunting on Town conservation properties, especially during the fall. With so many residential developments in Town, the Conservation Commission only allows hunting in a select few conservation areas. Please review the Commission's Hunting Rules and Information (downloadable above) and then visit us at the Conservation Office, which is on the second floor of Town Hall to submit info about you (name, license #, etc.) and obtain copies of our detailed hunting area maps.

In State Forests

Although hunting is permitted in most Massachusetts state forests and parks, you must first check the following Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) link that details state forests, reservations and parks open to hunting: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/hunting-fishing-wildlife-watching/ This link includes a listing of many of the state parks and forests open to regulated hunting. Before you hunt on any of the properties, contact the Forest and Parks phone number listed for that property to learn about any specific restrictions.

REMINDER: Hunting on Sundays is Prohibited in Massachusetts


Places to Go

Looking for a place to go fishing, hunting, hiking or wildlife watching? Massachusetts boasts a variety of areas for the outdoor enthusiast; the following website will guide you to places to explore in the Bay State (with binoculars, fishing rod or firearm): http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/maps-destinations/