Welcome to CLC

Citizens for Lexington Conservation promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment through education and advocacy.
CLC is a non-profit organization in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.

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CLC 2016 Candidates Question



CLC has chosen to focus this year’s candidates question on a warrant article related to reducing our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate change. This warrant article would have the Town fund technical consultants to provide subject matter advice and analysis to a Getting to Net Zero Task Force in support of developing a 25 to 35 year Net Zero Emissions Plan for the Town. 


This warrant article is being proposed by the Sustainability Committee and will be submitted to Town Meeting on behalf of the Sustainability Committee by the Board of Selectmen. It will ask Town Meeting to vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money necessary to hire consultants to provide advice and analysis to a Getting to Net Zero Task Force and Town staff.


The questions to all candidates for elective office are: what position will you be taking on this warrant article and what is the justification for your position. 





Lexington’s buildings are currently responsible for 66% of Lexington’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The Getting to Net Zero Task Force will explore the possibility of reducing residential, commercial and municipal building emissions to net zero over the next 25 to 35 years. The task force will be composed of a broad range of stakeholders including local business owners, commercial and residential property owners, subject matter experts, Town staff, and appropriate Town committee members. 


The task force, with the assistance of consultants who have developed successful net zero plans in other communities, will develop strategies, plans and recommendations to achieve an annual balance of zero greenhouse gas emissions from residential, commercial and municipal building operations for approval by the Town, with a focus on:

  • Reporting current greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment,
  • Reducing energy use in new and existing buildings,
  • Producing renewable energy generation, both on and off-site, and
  • Purchasing renewable energy 


Further information on this warrant article will be posted on this web site as it becomes available from the Sustainability Committee.




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Upcoming Events





Saturday, January 23, 8 - 10 AM           Winter Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow


While this is a time of quiet in Dunback Meadow, there remain possibilities of viewing unusual birds such as perching owls (Northern Saw-whet Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl), Common Redpolls and Rough-legged Hawks. Our usual feathered residents, the Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker and Blue Jay, will be there also. If there is deep snow wear boots, as the walking can be rough. Beginners and children are welcome. If there is rain or a snowstorm, the walk would be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available. Walk Leader:  Bobbie Hodson (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421).




Sunday, February 7, 1 - 3:30 PM                    Cranberry Hill Snowshoe Walk


El Nino willing, come and join us for the first of two snowshoe walks of the season. We will explore both the Cambridge watershed property as well as the Cranberry Hill Conservation property. We will hike if snow cover is limited. Falling rain or heavy snow cancels. Meet at the far end of the last parking lot on the right of the One Cranberry Hill office park. Walk leader: Keith Ohmart (Kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216)




Sunday, February 21, 1 - 3:30 PM             Katahdin Woods Snowshoe Walk


Join us for the second snowshoe walk of the season. We will explore the Katahdin Woods Conservation property. We will hike if snow cover is limited. Falling rain or heavy snow cancels. Meet at the far end of the 110 Hartwell Ave parking lot. Walk leader: Keith Ohmart (Kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216)




Volunteer Opportunity

Please let us know if you would be interested in working with CLC in any capacity. Could you write a piece for the Newsletter? Lead a walk? Work on the website? Take a leadership role on the Board? Help manage marketing/outreach? Drop us a line if you think you can help - we always welcome new faces!

New! Junior Ranger Program

CLC is sponsoring a new program for children - the Junior Ranger Program - aimed at getting kids out into Lexington's Conservation properties with games and activities. In conjunction with Cary Memorial Library we have a booklet to guide children and their parents. The kids will visit several different Conservation areas, fill out some activity sheets that will guide nature observation, and can, upon completion, receive a Junior Ranger Certificate from the Library.

You can find the Junior Ranger booklet here.


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Take a look!

Hennessy Field Restoration Project
PDF of Powerpoint by Jordan McCarron explaining work to commence August 2015 at Hennessey Field
Hennessey Field Restoration Project Pres
Adobe Acrobat Document [2.0 MB]

New Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land Now Available


The Lexington Conservation Stewards have created a new Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land, which includes color trail maps along with descriptions and historical information for Lexington’s 25 walk-able conservation areas. Covering nearly 30 miles of trails, it is an essential book for both veteran trail users and new explorers who’d like to discover the forests, fields, and wetlands in Lexington.


The Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land is available, for a minimum donation of $10, at the Town of Lexington Community Development Office located in the Town Offices Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Nature Trust Fund, which helps to care for our 1300 acres of public conservation land.


More information about the Conservation Department

Articles of Interest

Check out ACROSS Lexington

Are you looking for a new route to walk, run or bike?

ACROSS Lexington is waiting for you - try it!

You can find route information here.

ACROSS Lexington stands for Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington.

Ready to join CLC or renew your membership? You can pay by credit card or use your PayPal account, or even do it the old-fashioned way (by mailing a check) at our membership page.

Thank you!

Hayden Woods
Hayden Woods
Shaker Glen
Shaker Glen
Whipple Hill explorers
Whipple Hill explorers
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