The Natural Resources Trust manages the property that has been entrusted to us as wildlife sanctuaries to provide valuable habitat in an increasingly urbanized environment. These sanctuaries also provide respite for human visitors seeking spiritual renewal and a quiet opportunity to rediscover the joys of the natural world. Cross Country skiing, walking, Letter boxing and other passive recreations are encouraged, but we remind guests that they are visiting a wildlife sanctuary and therefore should cause as little human impact as possible. We don't want to love this land to death.
To protect our lands from abuse and to provide the most natural experience for visitors, the following rules apply:
No Trespassing from sunset to 8 a.m.
No Alcoholic beverages, Smoking or Littering
No Campfires or Picnics Allowed
No collection of plant materials
No motorized vehicles allowed
Tampering with dams & watercourses is strictly prohibited.
The Shepard Mill sanctuary was the first wildlife preserve in Massachusetts to ban cigarette smoking on the premises. We took this action to help prevent forest fires, and also to eliminate unsightly cigarette butts which were becoming increasingly noticable along the trails, especially by Turnpike Lake.