Rules, Regulations and other Information
Danforth Conservation Area

Assessor’s Map and Parcel(s): 3.E-1, 2.D-48, 2.D-49, 2.D-50, 2.D-51, 2.D-52,

Acres: ~83.98

Acquired: Purchase of Barrett’s Hill land off of Long Hill road in 2000, remaining acreage was deeded to the town as part of the FOSPRD development of Danforth in 2002.

Features: Mostly upland forest with a mixed forest cover. Also including wetlands throughout, pipeline easement and trail to summit of Barrett’s Hill. Rocky terrain throughout low lying areas and steep terrain as you climb to the summit. Learn more about the physical features of Danforth brook and it's formation by clicking HERE to visit the OARS website.

Access: parking area off of Danforth Lane adjacent to pond and Danforth Land cul-de-sac. Two access points have signs and are designated trail heads.

Trails: HERE

Regulations for Use of Conservation Land

It is the intent and policy of the Conservation Commission that conservation land be maintained in a natural state. Some areas where appropriate the commission establishes trails to allow for passive recreational use. Any alteration to a Conservation property or trail by persons other than the Commission's authorized agents shall require the prior written permission of the Commission. The Conservation Land Rules and Regulations shall be adhered to at all times. Inclusive of the Dogs on Conservation Land Rules and Regulations. You may find these regulations on our town website or by clicking HERE.

In addition to the regulations referenced above, the following restrictions apply:

  1. The Parcels shall remain in their natural, scenic, and open condition and shall be used only for passive recreation such as nature/walking trails and agriculture and forestry uses;
  2. No motorized vehicles of any type or kind shall be allowed, except as necessary for agricultural or selective clearing operations and to the extent access is required for the fire, for police or other emergency vehicles;
  3. No above-ground structures of any type or kind shall be constructed on the parcels, except for walkways, pedestrian footbridges, and fencing appropriate to the conservation purposes of the parcels;
  4. Except for the maintenance of nature/walking trails, no trees shall be cut or vegetation removed unless the same are dead or diseased or cause a safety hazard;
  5. The parcels shall not be conveyed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of any other entity including but not limited to any non-profit conservation trust, unless the same is controlled in its entirety bt the Town of Bolton, it being the intent of this gran that the parcels be used and enjoyed by the Inhabitants of the Town of Bolton;
  6. No activities that are or may be detrimental to drainage, flood control, water conservation, erosion control or soil conservation shall be performed on the parcels;
  7. No hunting or trapping of animals or discharging of firearms shall be allowed on the parcels;
  8. No fires for recreational or cooking purposes shall be allowed on the parcels;
  9. No other use or activity which would be detrimental to the preservation of the parcels in an open and natural condition or which would otherwise be inconsistent with the purpose of this deed shall be allowed on the parcels.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following activities are expressly permitted on the parcels:

  1. The maintenance of presently existing trails and wood roads; and
  2. The cultivation and harvesting of open field crops, flowers, shrubs, trees and hay, and the mowing of grass.

The perpetual easement to use the area within the Drainage Easement on Lots 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 shown on the subdivision plan encircling the existing pond on the northeasterly side of Danforth Brook Lane, in common with the owners of said lots, for pedestrian access from Danforth Brook Lane to the northerly portions of Parcel A. This easement is limited in that it allows pedestrian access only and those individuals using the easement are hereby restricted from bringing in, spreading, applying or otherwise carrying or using any herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers or other similar contaminants anywhere within the easement area so as not to endanger the wetlands or wells located in or in proximity to the easement area.

Adopted 12/21/2010
The maps and data displayed on this site are for reference and planning purposes only. The Town of Bolton assumes no legal responsibility for the information contained herein. The items specified above are restrictions specific to the conservation property. They are included for transparency purposes only. They do not give anyone the right to alter conservation property. That is ONLY the authority of the conservation commission or its authorized agents.