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Conservation Lands

The Town of Arlington has approximately 54 acres of conservation land that is protected for the purpose of open space and recreation. The Park and Recreation Department owns 41% of this land. The preservation of this conservation land is vital to protecting wildlife and plant habitat and helps increase the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Most of this land is composed of small parcels scattered throughout the town. Who takes care of this land? The Arlington Conservation Commission (ACC) oversees the Arlington Conservation Land Stewards (ACLS) group to provide support and guidance for citizen volunteers who will take an active role in the protection of public land.

What is Land Stewardship?

The primary objective of the stewardship program is protection: soil from erosion, plants and animals from destruction, ponds and streams from pollution, and the beauty of the land from litter and vandalism. Stewards may contribute to this protection by reporting issues and problems to the appropriate Town officials and, when safe and appropriate, speaking directly to known offenders. 

Another important objective of the program is education of the public concerning the value of the land and their responsibilities toward it. Many abuses of public land often occur simply because of a lack of knowledge. When provided with proper guidance, future abuses can be prevented and responsible users of conservation land can be created. We see our land stewards as educators not as enforcers.

Time Commitment

We encourage our land stewards to choose a parcel in the list below and visit the site once a week. While on site, Land stewards are asked to pick up trash and litter, note any vandalism, take pictures of anything that may need follow up, and act as a liaison to the Conservation Commission and its Agent. Depending on the size of the property and how many stewards share responsibility for any given site, this can require a time commitment of anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour per week. Land stewards are also encouraged to participate in large clean-up campaigns, erosion control projects, trainings, and monthly meetings. Regular monthly meetings keep our land stewards informed of issues and efforts on all of our conservation lands and give us a forum to plan for other activities. Please see the Conservation Commission Calendar for location and dates of our meetings. Meetings occur in the weekday evenings and run about an hour in length.

Becoming a Conservation Land Steward

For more information about the land stewards program, please click on the links below or send an email to the Conservation Agent at concomm@town.arlington.ma.us or call the office at 781-316-3012. 

 Arlington Stewardship Lands List with Map
 Policy on Volunteer Projects on Conservation Lands.
 Invasive Plants of Arlington
 Invasive Plant Management Guide
 Stewardship Handbook

Lands Under Conservation

The following is a list of open space parcels currently under the jurisdiction of the ACC. Conservation areas need regular attention, and we always welcome help from the public. 

SITE NAME

LOCATION

ACRES

Mt. Gilboa

North of Mass Ave (parking at Park Place, off Crescent Hill Ave)

10.7

Turkey Hill (ConCom & Park and Rec)

Above Forest and Washington streets in northwest Arlington

10.7

Meadowbrook Park  

At the mouth of Mill Brook surrounded by Mt. Pleasant Cemetery           

3.3

Window on the Mystic Lake

East of Mystic Street near Beverly Road

3.0

Forest Street

Opposite intersection with Dunster Lane, Winchester Town line

1.0

Cookes Hollow Park

Off Mystic Street south of the Community Safety building

0.75

Ridge Street

North end of Ridge St.

0.60

Woodside Lane

Across from 26, 30, 34 Woodside Ln

0.60

Brattle Street

Surrounding 54 Brattle St.

0.54

Madison Ave 

Adjacent by Mt. Gilboa land 

0.46

Brand Street 

2 parcels, left of 72, right of 36 Brand

0.20 

Stone Rd.

Across from 24 Stone Rd.

0.19

Philemon Street

South side of 32 Philemon St.

0.13

Concord Turnpike (Arlmont)

Between Scituate and Newport , Concord Turnpike and Arlmont Sts.

0.13

Mohawk Road

2 parcels, intersection of Washington and Mohawk Streets

0.13

Hemlock Street

Uphill from 5 Hemlock, near Symmes

0.12

Short Street

Between 8 Short and 11 West Streets

0.11

Inverness Road

Next to 36 Inverness

0.10

Rublee Street

Intersection of Rublee and Udine, entrance to Sutherland Woods, Lex.

0.10

Kilsythe Road

Landlocked behind 44 and 48 Kilsythe

0.09

Water Street

Area with two benches north of Bike path next to Buzzell Field

0.08

Spring Street

Across from 120 Spring St.

0.04

Central St.

Adamian property, end of Central St.

0.02

53 Park Ave. Rear                  

Access through left side of 53 Park Ave                                               

0.02 

Symmes Woods

 Woods behind 1 Symmes Rd. and around Arlington 360

8.7

Spy Pond Route 2 Path ( Park & Rec)

Path along Spy Pond next to Route 2

2.0

Crusher Lot (Park & Rec)

 Above Ottoson Junior High

6.0 

Hills Hill (Park & Rec) 

Summer Street east of the skating rink 

4.0

 

 

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