TreeAshland Open Space Committee

Announcements

Upcoming regular meetings
July 14, August 11

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

6TH ANNUAL MASSACHUSETTS WALKING TOUR COMES TO ASHLAND!
Date: June 20th, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 8 to 9pm
Place: Ashland Farmer's Market, 125 Front Street
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Sponsored by the Ashland Open Space and Recreation Committee, the Ashland Redevelopment Authority, the Ashland Farmer's Market and the Friends of the Ashland Library

Join the Massachusetts Walking Tour musicians (Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards, Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski) as they celebrate the local arts and the Bay Circuit Trail towns by performing a free concert in Ashland. Local artists Dan and Faith, Mike Kerr and Steve Pavao will also perform. For more information about their entire schedule of concerts in June, visit www.masswalkingtour.org.

Concession food will be available from Ashland restaurant Mexico City Taqueria.

Don't forget to bring chairs and insect repellent. If the weather is inclement, the concert will move across the street to the Ashland Public Library.

KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS!
Date: July 19th, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am
Place: Ashland Town Forest | Parking lot entrance across from 123 Winter Street
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Sponsored by the Ashland Town Forest Committee and the Ashland Open Space and Recreation Committee

Is it an Agaricus, Collyboid or Puffball? Is it edible? Representatives from the Boston Mycological Club, the oldest amateur mycological club in the United States, will teach you about mushrooms and fungi, and how to identify the species in the Town Forest.

Bring hats, insect repellent and water. Wear good walking or hiking footwear.

Please park in the new Ashland Town Forest Parking lot across from 123 Winter Street near the corner of Winter Street and Harrington Drive. If the lot is full, please park on Harrington Drive.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES IN THE ASHLAND TOWN FOREST
Date: August 1, 2015 (Saturday), rain date is August 2, same time
Time: 2 to 4pm
Place: Ashland Town Forest | Parking lot entrance across from 123 Winter Street
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Sponsored by the Ashland Open Space and Recreation Committee

Learn about the archaeological treasures in the Ashland Town Forest and what they mean to the history of the town and people who lived here centures ago.

Bring hats, insect repellent and water. Wear good walking or hiking footwear.

Please park in the new Ashland Town Forest Parking lot across from 123 Winter Street near the corner of Winter Street and Harrington Drive. If the lot is full, please park on Harrington Drive.

The walk will be led by Ashland resident, Dr. Curt Hoffman, a professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Hoffman runs annual field schools training students and volunteers in current methods of field and laboratory archaeology. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and is the author of numerous articles and reports on sites throughout eastern Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

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

Mission

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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