Signage and path at the entrance to Drury Preserve.
Drury Preserve Signage and path at the entrance to Drury Preserve. © Mike Condon

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The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts Temporarily Closes Its Preserves to the Public

The measure supports public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Boston, MA

The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts will close its preserves to the public, effective immediately. The closure is temporary, and TNC leadership will regularly assess conditions to determine when to reopen preserves to the public. 

“This is not a step we take lightly,” said Deb Markowitz, state director for TNC in Massachusetts. “We deeply value the role nature can play for people in challenging times.

“This is an action, though, that supports in a small way the critical goal of ‘flattening the curve’ of new COVID-19 infections. We look forward to a time in the near future when we can again host visitors at our preserves.”  

TNC will also post notice of the closures on social media platforms and on preserve pages. Those who visit the preserves despite the closure do so at their own risk.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TNC is also suspending some management and restoration activities at its preserves and on lands for which TNC holds conservation restrictions.  

“These extraordinary times require us to all make some sacrifices for the common good,” Markowitz said. “We’re committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that the people of Massachusetts can benefit from nature – by enjoying the beauty and peace of our preserves, when the time comes, as well as from the protective power of nature when it comes to tackling climate change, protecting communities from sea level rise and providing food and water sustainably.”    

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