Protection

  • Low Impact Recreation

    • The Merrimac and Lansing Preserves are open to the public for low-impact recreation such as hiking, bird watching, cross county skiing and snowshoeing. No biking, all-terrain vehicles or horses are allowed.
  • Buffers

    • While some agricultural practices are still allowed at the Merrimac Preserve, waterways and wetlands are protected by buffer strips to minimize erosion and runoff.
  • Management Activities

    • Preserve management activities are conducted in a manner that minimizes disturbance of the natural communities.
    • Timing for prescribed fire and other land management activities take into consideration the habits and life-cycle needs of endangered species present in the various habitats.