Nahant Thicket is undergoing restoration work.

Alert Date: June 25, 2019

Despite Mass Audubon's regular maintenance of Nahant Thicket, there are several management needs at the property. Invasive plant species have become dominant in some sections, parking is limited, the trails do not meet Mass Audubon’s current standards for accessibility, and the town-maintained storm water drainage system does not always function as designed.

December 2019

An updated and scaled back version of the proposed project to improve Nahant Thicket has been submitted to the Nahant Conservation Commission and will be discussed at their meeting on December 18, 2019. The plan was revised after feedback from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers. The goals of the revised project are to improve visitor access and experience at the site and improve wildlife habitat with limited invasive plant management.

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June 2019

An updated description of the proposed project was submitted to the Nahant Conservation Commission and discussed at a meeting on June 26, 2019. The plan was revised to incorporate feedback from the Conservation Commission and community members.

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January 2018

Despite Mass Audubon’s regular maintenance of Nahant Thicket, there are several management needs at the property. Invasive plant species have become dominant in some sections, parking is limited, the trails do not meet Mass Audubon’s current standards for accessibility, and the town-maintained storm water drainage system does not always function as designed.

Restoration efforts began in 2018 and will focus on three major goals:

  1. vegetation management to enhance wildlife habitat and the visual appeal of the outer boundaries of the thicket;
  2. addressing hydrological constraints that may contribute to localized flooding; and
  3. improving the visitor experience through improved parking, signage, and trails.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, we invite you to download the full version of the revised plan below.

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