Founded 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 the Indian Head River corridor. The North South River Watershed Association is now leading the effort to remove two dams on the IHR as steps in bringing this river back to it's natural state. The first dam is at Ledden's Ford and the second is upstream on the Hanson/Hanvover border where State St crosses the river. Although in its early stages, much planning and work has been accomplished. Much more information on this initiative may be found at:
Bird photos are divided between two categories, terrestrial and Pelagic/water birds.
Hanson, MA 02341
Several photo galleries broken out into the following categories which includes The Last Meadows Hiking Trails, Wild Hanson, Around Town, Various Hanson Conservation properties.
Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area
This area was once known as the Great Cedar Swamp until lumber, industrial, and agricultural endeavors transformed the landscape to what we see today. After all of the cedar trees had been harvested, Albert C. Burrage purchased sections of this area in the early 1900’s and built a large factory on a 40 acre site at what is now the corner of Pleasant and Hawkes Ave. This industrial complex consisted of 4 factory buildings, offices, workers homes as well as a small hotel. After a large fire in 1919, the factory was closed and next came large scale cranberry farming which continued till 2002 when the property (1600+ acres) was purchased by the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.