Wildlands TrustFounded in 1973, Wildlands Trust is one of the largest and oldest regional land trusts in Massachusetts. With numerous preserves spread primarily across southeastern Massachusetts, Wildlands Trust is working to ensure the protection of 8,500 acres of natural and agricultural lands. Photos from Wildlands Trust preserves with particular focus on the Striar Conservancy in Halifax, WillowBrook Farm Pembroke, Great River Preserve Bridgewater, and Tucker in Pembroke. Also information on the Wildlands Trust Adopt-A-Preserve volunteer program.
Indian Head River Trail System
In 2018, a 3-year Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Recreational Trails Program grant was awarded to what is now known as 'The Indian Head River Trail Alliance' to expand and improve the Indian Head River trail system. This alliance is composed of Wildlands Trust, The North South River Watershed Association, Town of Hanover, Town of Hanson, Town of Pembroke, and Plymouth County.
Following completion of this work in late 2021, the area now has over six and a half continuous miles of trail, connecting 325 acres of conservation land along the Indian Head and North rivers. The neighboring trail systems of Wildlands Trust’s Tucker Preserve, Hanover’s Chapmans Landing - Iron Mine Brook, and the Mattakeeset Trail are now linked with the Indian Head River Trail, offering one complete loop of these conservation properties.
And the work continues on this stretch of the river. In May 2022, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that $410,113 in Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Program grant funding has been awarded to a South Shore watershed association to support feasibility studies for the removal of two dams on the Indian Head River, which will help restore natural resources that were damaged because of operations at the former National Fireworks site in the Town of Hanover. The funds, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), have been awarded to the North and South River Watershed Association, which will work with the towns of Hanover, Hanson, and Pembroke to evaluate the feasibility of the dam removals and conduct conceptual design.