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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.