UNAUTHORIZED TRAIL BUILDING ON CONSERVATION LAND

It has recently come to the attention of the Sherborn Conservation Commission that several mountain bike trails have been modified/created on public lands in Sherborn without prior authorization.  These trails include excavated jumps and at times newly cut trails that have the potential to be safety hazards.

The Conservation Commission welcomes the fact that in the past year, many more residents and town visitors have gotten out to explore and appreciate the town’s incomparable Open Space.  But, these lands must be treated even more carefully because of this, and their use for passive recreation balanced against conservation uses and safety.  Changes to these lands threaten that balance, therefore prior authorization for any work on public lands in Sherobrn is required.  

You will find the regulations for use of Conservation Land by clicking on the following link, conservation-rules.  Please pay particular attention to the fact that violations of our regulations can result in fines, prosecution, and civil liability.

If you have created unauthorized trails or know of anyone who has, please contact the Conservation Commission at conservation@sherbornma.org so that we can work together on restoring the affected areas so they might continue to be enjoyed safely by all.