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Conservation Area Rules and Regulations
The Conservation Areas are open between dawn and dusk. Parking is allowed in designed lots, but only while occupants of the vehicles are legally using the adjoining conservation areas. It is requested that users of conservation lands stay on the trails whenever possible.

Allowed Activities:
  • Walking, nature study, photography, cross-country skiing;  
  • Snow-shoeing, fishing and boating in small non-motorized craft;
  • Horseback riding is allowed only on trails or other areas marked by the Commission or shown on maps as assigned for this use.
Activities requiring a special permit from the Commission:
  • Dog Walking with more than two dogs per person;
  • Camping, campfire;
  • Being present on conservation land earlier than one half hour before sunrise or later than one half hour after sunset;
  • Flying model airplanes / kites.
Prohibited Activites:
  • Disturbing wildlife or vegetation, introducing animals or plants;
  • Damaging or removal of cultivated crops;
  • Removing or seriously disturbing soil or rocks;
  • Littering, dumping, discarding trash, fill or landscape debris (lawn clippings, brush, leaves). Discarding of any toxic material, pollutants;
  • Hunting, trapping, carrying or using any weapon capable of shooting or propelling a projectile (This includes paint guns);
  • Smoking;
  • Carrying or using alcoholic beverages or unlawful drugs;
  • Metal detecting, digging for or collecting artifacts;
  • The use of motorized vehicles except to enter designated parking lots;
  • Bicycle riding;
  • Swimming;
  • Producing noise that might disturb other users or abutters of conservation lands.
Visitors with Dogs

Visitors with dogs are welcome on Wayland Conservation lands. Please be respectful and courteous by following these rules:

  • All dogs must be leashed in parking lots and conservation areas;
  • For the safety of nesting birds, all dogs must be leashed on prime grassland birding sites (Heard Farm and Cow Common) from May 1-July 15 or until the fields are mowed;
  • All dogs must be leashed or under voice control at all times;
  • Visitors are allowed up to 3 dogs per person, but only 2 may be off leash at one time;
  • Please keep your dogs on the trails for the safety of the area's wildlife and field nesting sites;
  • Please bring plastic bags to pick up and properly dispose of all dog waste;
  • Please leash your dogs when encountering other dogs or people, especially children;
  • Violations of these rules are subject to a $100 non-criminal penalty. Reports of violations may be directed to: Wayland Animal Control Officer at 508-358-3625.
Thank you for your cooperation!


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