TreeAshland Open Space Committee


Upcoming regular meetings
November 15 and December 13, 2016

All meetings are held at 7:30 PM in Town Hall on Main Street, lower level, unless otherwise indicated.


Free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:30am to 11am, Light Breakfast and Speaking Program at Ashland Public Library
11:30am 1pm, Walking Tour of Ashland Town Forest
Speakers: Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Mass Wildlife
Sponsored by Mass Audubons Shaping the Future of Your Community Program

Please RSVP! Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Covino at 508.640.5618, or email her at

Our forests are an important natural resource with a range of values including recreational use, management of water quality, and wildlife habitat. In the face of rapid development and suburbanization in Massachusetts, our existing forests are becoming increasingly valuable. Maintaining this value often requires taking an active role in their protection and stewardship.

This program will include the Shaping the Future of Your Community Program discussing the overall value of forests, touching on the challenges of current land use patterns and how to targeted land protection with a conservation mapping tool.

This will be followed by talks on the importance of being a good steward to the land and taking management actions when necessary. Finally, we will present on the conservation of forest bird species, what their habitat needs are, and briefly introduce the Foresters for the Birds program.

Ashland is home to the first forest stewardship program to promote Eastern Bird Habitat.

Open Space and Recreation Plan
You can reference the text and selected maps from the Ashland Open Space and Recreation Plan (106 MB, will take a few minutes !!).

Weston Nurseries — Ashland Votes to Purchase 30+ Acres
Spring 2007 Town Meeting voted to purchase the Ashland part of the Weston Nurseries land. The purchase of this land is important to preserve open space, including the town's only public water supply.

For more information, see our Weston Nurseries Land page or the Town web site.

Ducks at Ashland State Park
Lady Slipper at Ashland State Park


The Ashland Open Space Committee aims to preserve and maintain areas in Ashland, Massachusetts and provide opportunities for its residents to enjoy the natural environment.

  • Established, mapped, and continues to maintain the Ashland trail system.
  • Works to acquire, and advocates for the protection of, open space.
  • Is leading the creation of the Open Space and Recreation Plan for submittal to the town and state.

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