Conservation Lands

The Town manages over 1,400 acres of conservation land in Concord. Some of the more popular areas include the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, Punkatasset Conservation Area, and October Farm Riverfront. Conservation lands are open to the public, subject to certain Rules and Regulations  and visitors are encouraged to enjoy these areas. Certain activities require a Land Use Permit from the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). Please contact the DNR with any questions at 978-318-3285.

Click here to view individual trail maps and guides completed by the Trails Committee that provide information about the historical and ecological treasures each property possesses, as well as, links to adjacent Town and regional trail systems.

The 7/19/18 Concord Journal included a letter from the NRC
regarding dogs on conservation land. Due to word count limits, the full article was unable to be published, but can be viewed by clicking here.

 here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions About Dogs on Conservation Lands

Click here for New Dog Regulations Adopted by the NRC on December 20, 2017

Click here for a Map of NRC Lands and Leash Requirements, and here for a List of NRC Properties and Trails Evaluated for a Leash Restriction

Click here for the letter sent to Concord households with registered dogs. 

Important Information on Ticks in Concord

Unfortunately, the deer tick population is increasing, and the number of pathogens that are transmitted by ticks is on the rise too. Ticks are prevalent on conservation lands, as well as yards, golf courses, and orchards. Not all ticks carry pathogens, but many do. Please be aware of the hazards of deer ticks, how to avoid being bitten, and what to do if you have been bitten. For more information, please click here or visit the Health Division’s webpage


We need to talk

Three public meetings will be held over the next several weeks to review public comment and determine next steps. All meetings will be held at 141 Keyes Road, 1st Floor Meeting Room.

Click to view Minutes and Agendas.

Meeting Dates for Dogs on Conservation Land
June 29, 2017
7:00 p.m.
July 12, 2017
7:30 a.m.
July 27, 2017
7:00 p.m.

At the July 27, 2017 meeting, the Natural Resources Commission reviewed a Working Plan to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all trail users on conservation lands. If you are interested in working with the NRC on any of the three focus areas, please email Natural Resources Director Delia Kaye at with the area that you are interested in and your contact information. 

Dogs on Conservation Land Subcommittee Meetings (141 Keyes Road, 1st Floor Conference Room)

Date Time Topic
September 13, 2017 4:00 p.m. Education
September 25, 2017 7:00 p.m. Effective Control
September 27, 2017 7:30 a.m. Education
October 2, 2017 7:00 p.m. Dog Waste
October 10, 2017 2:00 p.m. Effective Control
October 17, 2017 7:30 a.m. Dog Waste
October 23, 2017 (cancelled) 7:00 p.m. Education

After several months of discussion, the NRC has developed reports from the Education, Effective Control, and Dog Waste Subcommittees. New Dog Rules were also developed, as well as a report on the Natural Resources Values of Concord's most popular Town conservation lands. Click on the links below to see these reports. 

Education Subcommittee Report

Effective Control Subcommittee Report

Dog Waste Subcommittee Report

Natural Resources Values of Concord's Conservation Lands

Dog Regulations on Town Conservation Lands

2017 Ranger Report: Data Collected by the Conservation Rangers in the summer of 2017 on use of Conservation Lands

 Click here to view the NRC's 1/22/18 presentation to the Select Board