Starflower - Trientalis borealis
Five to nine petals, blooms in late May to early June

IMG_3798 IMG_3784 Spotlight on the Land - King Philip's Cave. Girl Scout Troop 85390 recently completed a trail improvement project at King Philip's Cave. The trails have been cleared and a new trail has been added.

Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available. Newsletter

NEW! Relay Power. Here is an opportunity to opt for clean energy and help LPS at the same time.
Are you Interested in learning more about how to get clean energy for your home through community solar?  Click here to start the process, and Relay Power will reach out and tell you how it works.  As another benefit, the LPS of Norton will receive a donation for those who sign up! Be sure to mention LPS when you are contacted.

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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:

  • To safeguard land forever.
  • To encourage people to enjoy that land as a place where they can relax and observe native plants, animals, and birds.
  • To provide an opportunity for many people to become actively involved in preserving land.
  • To provide information about environmental issues in Norton and help educate people about ecology and conservation.

    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!

Would you like to volunteer to help us maintain the trails on our properties? If you are interested, please contact Linda Kollett at and she will put you in contact with the trail maintenance group.

Take Care When Walking our Land

Tick Caution

New from WBUR Preventing Lyme (And A New Disease) As Ticks Spread Link
Valuable information about ticks and tick-borne diseases from WBUR. An excellent resource

Link to Tick Encounter Resource Center - URI
It is almost always tick season!
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Ticks on White Pine. Photo by Gerard Zavaski

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Hunting Caution

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.
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Last updated 6/17/17 by Linda S. Kollett