LAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NORTON, INC (LPS)
Indian Pipes, Monotropa uniflora.
This is a parasitic plant that uses fungi associated with trees.
Its energy ultimately comes from photosynthesis by the leaves of the tree.
You can often find Indian pipes beneath beech trees.
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What is the Land Preservation Society of Norton (LPS)?
The Land Preservation Society is a non-profit, independent conservation group chartered in 1970 by the State of Massachusetts. We are dedicated to keeping a variety of types of land wild for the conservation of plant and animal species. Our first purchase was funded by a loan from the Nature Conservancy in 1971, and was one of many that help protect wetlands and Norton's water supply. We also conduct occasional walks on our property and work with other groups to educate people about the environment and conservation.
Currently we hold over 1000 acres of land in Norton. Although much of our land is not easily reached, or lacks paths, and is purely for conservation and wetland protection, over half of our land is very accessible for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and bird watching. Land beside town roads and with some paths includes the 150-acre Woodward Woods off Gateway Lane, the Henrich Woods and Johnson Woods off North Washington Street, the Reinhard Pasture beside North Washington Street, the Clapp Wildlife Preserve on Oak Street at Walker Street, and our original holdings along the Canoe River on both sides of Red Mill Road. We welcome new members. Click here for information.
The Goals of the Land Preservation Society are:
Kathleen Ebert-Zawasky, President
Daniel Murray, Vice President
Linda Kollett, Secretary
David Henry, Treasurer
Trail Maintenance Guidelines. If you are interested in helping us maintain our trails, please take a few minutes to read the trail maintenance guidelines. Thanks!
Take Care When Walking our Land
Please Note: Where we have trails, the land is posted against hunting, but there are a few irresponsible people who tear down the signs. During deer season, in late fall, be especially careful. It is wise to wear red or orange, and you should tie something orange on your dog as well. If you hear hunters, talk loudly so they are alerted to your presence.
It is almost always tick season!
Ticks on White Pine. Photo by Gerard Zavaski
Last updated 07/26/16 by Linda S. Kollett