Camping Policy (adopted by the Board of Directors 5/19/04)
Camping is not allowed on SVT properties due to intense impacts of soil compaction, loss of woody debris, potential litter, waste, potential disruption of neighbors, and unsightliness. The Director of Stewardship has discretionary authority to grant special use permits on a case-by-case basis, as deemed appropriate.
Deer Management Policy (Adopted by the Board of Directors 4/9/14)
Wildlife habitat in SVT’s service area is threatened by growing deer populations. Abundant scientific evidence demonstrates that high deer densities severely degrade habitat values on conservation lands. Over-browsing by deer stunts forest regeneration, reduces plant diversity, endangers some native plant species, tends to increase abundance of invasive plants, eliminates ground and shrub bird nesting habitat, and can have long-term consequences on soil and vegetation. Additionally, high deer densities cause impacts to human health due to increased deer-car collisions and increased incidents of tick-borne diseases. This policy also recognizes that hunting, fishing and trapping are traditional nature-based activities that often promote a greater appreciation of nature and wildlife as well as provide an additional wildlife management tool.
SVT’s stewardship program proposes to implement hunting selectively on our reservations in keeping with our mission to protect wildlife habitat for present and future generations. SVT’s stewardship program will work with our partners to educate our members and the general public about the safety and value of these activities. SVT will also work with our partners to advocate for hunting regulations that promote human safety and increase success in reducing deer populations and impacts on habitat.
Dog Walking Policy (adopted by the Board of Directors 4/4/07)
SVT will post dog etiquette guidelines at all trail entrance kiosks and visitors are expected to adhere to them. SVT will post educational information to support the dog walking policy wherever the etiquette guidelines are posted. SVT will also seek other opportunities to educate the public about the importance of adhering to dog walking etiquette such as through SVT’s website.
Horseback Riding (adopted by Board of Directors 5/19/04)
SVT Fishing Policy (adopted by Board of Directors 6/1/05)
SVT Mountain Biking Policy (adopted by Board of Directors 2/2/05)
- Baiting Brook/Welch, Framingham (Callahan State Park) - Callahan allows mountain biking. SVT allows mountain bikers to pass through our property on the Pipe Line and Rocky Road trails to access both units of Callahan.
- Ralph Hill Conservation Area, Billerica (Town conservation land) - We have made an agreement with the Town of Billerica to allow bicycles on the green trail and we will evaluate annually to see if this is causing problems.