Chimaphila maculata spotted wintergreen,
(also called striped wintergreen, striped prince's pine,
spotted pipsissewa, ratsbane, or rheumatism root)
can be seen on the forest floor in Woodward Forest. It is an evergreen herb.

3/19 The LPS trails are currently open, subject to the posted restrictions (e.g., no firearms, motorized vehicles, etc.).  Please observe "social distancing" and any other state or federal restrictions related to the Coronavirus.
Please see below - it is deer hunting season in MA.

NEW! Interactive GIS trail maps for our most accessible properties. Trail Maps

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.

Directors and Officers


Contact us

Would you like to support LPS? Click here to find some ways you can help.

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.

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 and you will be put in contact with the trail maintenance group.

Take Care When Walking our Land - Read Safe Woods Walking before venturing out.

It is Deer Hunting Season!
Suggestions for Woods Walking in Hunting Season
MA Information on Hunting
Youth Deer Hunt Day October 3, 2020
Paraplegic Hunt October 29 - October 31
Shotgun November 30 - December 12
Archery - Zones 10-14 October 5 - November 28
Primitive Firearms December 14 - December 31

Last updated 10/6/2020 by Linda S. Kollett