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