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Narrow trail through the woods with river on right
Brewster's Woods Wildlife Sanctuary, Concord

Conservation Projects at Brewster's Woods

Mass Audubon takes our responsibility to steward and share this land very seriously and have embarked on a multi-year process to understand the ecological systems, mission-oriented opportunities, and community benefits that the property offers.

Habitats

The sanctuary is predominantly forested with extensive wetlands on the eastern side and smaller wetlands throughout. Two sizeable meadows provide some open habitat, while the floodplain forest along the Concord River hosts the most abundant natural diversity found on the property. A large riverside marsh was apparently created by William Brewster to provide habitat for ducks and other water birds.

Future Vision

At the heart of our vision is a commitment to protecting and stewarding the land for wildlife habitat and climate resilience, and to ensuring that the sanctuary remains a peaceful place for both people and wildlife.

Our plans include repurposing the main house as a nature center to welcome visitors, allow space for scientists and scholars to collaborate, share the life of William Brewster and his role in the conservation movement, and showcase our world-class American bird art collection. 

The addition of an All Persons Trail will allow people of all abilities to experience nature in the same way. Our facility will be a model for climate-friendly buildings, along with serving as an inspirational home for the community and conservation experts to explore solutions to the biggest environmental challenges of our time. 

We look forward to sharing our progress as the planning process moves forward.