Conservation Department Files

If you are interested in viewing files related to the Conservation Department, please call or email (508-358-3669 or the Conservation Department to arrange a viewing time. An outdoor area has been set up to facilitate file viewing. Please note that file viewing times are dependent on weather and staff availability. Thank you for your patience.

Important notice related to the Current Declared Emergency

Staff are working reduced hours during this declared emergency. Completed regulatory applications and associated fees can be mailed to the conservation department at the address below, however, please be advised that no public hearings are currently being scheduled.

Requests for site visits, tree removal, permitting assistance or reports of concerns related to wetland violations or land management can be emailed to or leave a message at 508-358-3669. Staff will make every effort to respond in a timely manner. For circumstances that require immediate attention, please call the Selectman’s office: 508-358-7701.

Completed regulatory applications shall also be sent electronically to the Town Clerk’ office to confirm receipt of the application ( 
Only the signed application form needs to be submitted electronically to the Town Clerk.  The supporting information such as stormwater reports, plans, and specs, etc. do not need to be included in the electronic submittal to the Town Clerk.

Sudbury Valley Trust     Wayland Seal

Special Trail Policies in Place

Our success relies on our guests’ compliance with these policies.

The Town of Wayland and SVT maintain these trails for public use:
  • Please comply with state and federal orders regarding public activities.
  • Please use social distancing as recommended by government health agencies.


  • Leash your dog. Our trails are receiving heavier-than-usual traffic. Unleashed dogs can cause close social interactions.

All Trail Users

  • Do not touch or use benches, map boxes, kiosks, or other structures.
  • Practice recommended social distancing on the trails:
    • Step aside so others can pass while keeping distance.
    • Announce yourself if you will pass someone
    • At bridges/boardwalks: Wait if someone is coming the other way.


  • Park in designated areas; do not park along road.
  • If parking lot is full, consider choosing a different destination.


  • Do not touch the map boxes at the kiosks.
  • Scan the QR code at the kiosk to access the trail map; or go to
  • Take a photo of the large map at the kiosk to use as a trail map.
  • Use an online app such as to follow the trail.


About Us:

The Conservation Department works closely with the 7-member volunteer Conservation Commission who are appointed to staggered terms by the Board of Selectmen and charged with ensuring the long-term protection of the Town’s natural resources, agricultural & habitat fields and trails.

In addition to providing support for the Conservation Commission, the Conservation Department provides general guidance to individuals and/or their representatives in obtaining state and town permits from the Conservation Commission for work within a 100 feet or 200 feet distance of any Resource Area(s). 

The Department is also responsible for oversight and management of lands under the control of the Conservation Commission.

Explore Wayland

Heard Farm Management Plan Draft:

Cow Common Management Plan:

Wayland Conservation Department is planning to remove approximately 65 trees and numerous shrubs from a 1.2 acre hedge at Cow Common Conservation Area. This land clearing activity was recommended by the Massachusetts Audubon Society in their Cow Common Management Plan to improve wildlife habitat. In addition to the tree removal, the Conservation Department is actively cutting and burning brush from this hedge. All burning will be done in accordance with local open burn regulations. The brush removal is currently ongoing and the tree removal is planned for February, weather permitting.

The removal of trees and shrubs from this hedge will help enhance and expand the existing grassland habitat, increasing the area’s potential of hosting grassland bird species, such as the bobolink. When combined with other land management practices, such as delayed field mowing, invasive vegetation removal, field reseeding, and public outreach, the Conservation Commission hopes to provide a stable nesting habitat for bobolinks and other threatened bird species within the region.

For more information on bobolinks, the Cow Common Management Plan, and the scope and nature of the proposed work at Cow Common, please visit or contact the Wayland Conservation Department.  

Chapter 193  Draft Regulations: 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Wayland Conservation Department will be hosting monthly volunteer work days to help manage invasive vegetation on conservation property. Volunteers will learn how to identify various invasive plant species and common management practices that they could use on their own properties. Volunteer work days will be held once a month at various conservation properties throughout Wayland. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Conservation Department at for more information.

Volunteer Work Days 2020: Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am

  • Canceled - March 21
  • Canceled - April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Linda Hansen Conservation Administrator
Ryan Brown Department Assistant
Brian Harris Land Manager