Trails Open at Specific Sanctuaries Throughout State
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.— Mass Audubon has re-opened trails on many of its wildlife sanctuaries across the Commonwealth, from the Cape and Islands and Greater Boston to Worcester County, the Connecticut River Valley, and the Berkshires.
Its nature centers and other buildings remain closed at present, but after careful analysis and discussions with local officials and community leaders, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit is welcoming its members and other visitors to miles of trails on more than 30 wildlife sanctuaries.
The re-opened sanctuaries have been selected based on a variety of conditions, including being able to manage capacity for expected level of use (both on the trails and in the parking areas) as well as support from the communities where they are located.
Additional sanctuaries will opening in the coming weeks.
Vice President of Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs Gail Yeo said, “This is wonderful news for Mass Audubon members and the greater public, because we all value and appreciate the benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature.
“But it’s so important that visitors maintain social distancing and other behaviors that help keep everyone safe as we make progress against COVID-19,” Yeo noted, “ and we’re proud that Mass Audubon can offer people an array of trails that beckon one and all in this time of uncertainty and stress.”
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.