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Protected Land

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Protected Land, 2005-13

What does this measure?

The percentage of acreage in MetroWest that is classified as "Protected" under the Massachusetts Land Protection Program.

Why is this important?

Designating an area as "protected" places restrictions on land use that enables the continued development of a diverse wildlife and nature habitat while still providing access for the public to use and enjoy.

How is our region doing?

As of 2013, about 384,000 acres - or 21% of all land in MetroWest - was deemed "protected." This was a slightly smaller percentage than Massachusetts as a whole (25%). Among the region's counties, Worcester had the largest share of protected land (23%) while Middlesex and Norfolk had the least (19%).

Among local communities, Milford had the least protected land (3%), along with other towns on the western side of the region, such as Medway (4%), Bellingham and Hudson (both at 9%). Towns with the largest percentages of protected land were concentrated northwest of Boston, including Lincoln (40%), Wayland (32%), Sudbury and Carlisle (both at 31%). Southwest of Boston, Medfield also had one of the highest rates of land protection (33%), while nearby Westwood had one of the lowest (8%).

Notes about the data

MassAudubon is expected to release an update in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Protected Land, 2005-13
Acton town, Middlesex County18%
Ashland town, Middlesex County21%
Bedford town, Middlesex County22%
Bellingham town, Norfolk County9%
Boxborough town, Middlesex County19%
Carlisle town, Middlesex County31%
Concord town, Middlesex County30%
Dedham town, Norfolk County20%
Dover town, Norfolk County25%
Framingham city, Middlesex County14%
Franklin town, Norfolk County13%
Groton town, Middlesex County30%
Harvard town, Worcester County26%
Holliston town, Middlesex County20%
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County21%
Hudson town, Middlesex County9%
Lexington town, Middlesex County16%
Lincoln town, Middlesex County40%
Littleton town, Middlesex County13%
Marlborough city, Middlesex County17%
Maynard town, Middlesex County29%
Medfield town, Norfolk County33%
Medway town, Norfolk County4%
Milford town, Worcester County3%
Millis town, Norfolk County29%
Natick town, Middlesex County19%
Needham town, Norfolk County15%
Sherborn town, Middlesex County15%
Southborough town, Worcester County19%
Stow town, Middlesex County27%
Sudbury town, Middlesex County31%
Walpole town, Norfolk County15%
Waltham city, Middlesex County15%
Wayland town, Middlesex County32%
Wellesley town, Norfolk County13%
Westborough town, Worcester County22%
Westford town, Middlesex County17%
Weston town, Middlesex County24%
Westwood town, Norfolk County8%

Source: Mass Audubon

Number of Protected Acres, 2005-13
Acton town, Middlesex County2,282
Ashland town, Middlesex County1,769
Bedford town, Middlesex County1,912
Bellingham town, Norfolk County1,104
Boxborough town, Middlesex County1,288
Carlisle town, Middlesex County3,126
Concord town, Middlesex County4,896
Dedham town, Norfolk County1,340
Dover town, Norfolk County2,470
Framingham city, Middlesex County2,293
Franklin town, Norfolk County2,217
Groton town, Middlesex County6,403
Harvard town, Worcester County4,449
Holliston town, Middlesex County2,428
Hopkinton town, Middlesex County3,788
Hudson town, Middlesex County714
Lexington town, Middlesex County1,740
Lincoln town, Middlesex County3,865
Littleton town, Middlesex County1,430
Marlborough city, Middlesex County2,369
Maynard town, Middlesex County991
Medfield town, Norfolk County3,075
Medway town, Norfolk County328
Milford town, Worcester County310
Millis town, Norfolk County2,294
Natick town, Middlesex County1,929
Needham town, Norfolk County1,192
Sherborn town, Middlesex County1,576
Southborough town, Worcester County1,843
Stow town, Middlesex County3,119
Sudbury town, Middlesex County4,891
Walpole town, Norfolk County2,029
Waltham city, Middlesex County1,344
Wayland town, Middlesex County3,224
Wellesley town, Norfolk County903
Westborough town, Worcester County3,059
Westford town, Middlesex County3,423
Weston town, Middlesex County2,640
Westwood town, Norfolk County589

Source: Mass Audubon

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