Town of Ashby
Massachusetts

Open Space & Recreation Plan
Note that not all maps and charts are available in the web version

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION 1

Plan Summary 2

SECTION 2

Introduction 3

Planning Process and Public Participation 3

SECTION 3

Community Setting 4

History of Ashby 5

Population Characteristics 6

Economic Overview 7

Growth and Development Patterns 9

Future 10

Zoning Map 12

SECTION 4

Environmental Inventory and Analysis 13

Geology, Soils and Topography 13

Bedrock Geology 13

Surficial Geology 13

Soils 14

Landscape Character 14

The Hills 15

The Fields and Farms 15

The Brooks 15

The Ponds and Reservoirs 15

Water Resources 16

Surface Water 16

Flood Hazard Areas 16

Vegetation 17

Forest Land 17

General Inventory 17

Rare, Threatened and Endangered Vegetative Species 17

Fisheries and Wildlife 17

Strategic Habitat 17

Scenic Resources and Unique Environments 19

Environmental Problems 21

Ground Water Contamination: 21

Hazardous Materials 21

Septic/Road Salt 21

Surface Water 22

Solid Waste 22

Subdivision and Loss of Open Space 22

Poor Quality Logging 22

Off-Road Vehicle Impacts 22

Natural Features Map 23

Special Landscape Features Map 24

SECTION 5

Inventory of Lands for Conservation 25

Private Parcels 25

Non-profit/Charitable Parcels 26

Public Parcels 26

Inventory Of Recreation Interests 27

General Organized Activities and Organizations 29

Protected Parcels Map 30

SECTION 6 - Community Goals

Description of Process 31

Statement of Open Space and Recreation Goals 31

Survey Results 31

SECTION 7 - Analysis of Needs

Resource Protection 33

Summary of Community's Needs 34

Management Needs 35

SECTION 8 - Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Preserve Character 36

Zoning and Other Regulation 36

Education 36

Goal 2: Protect Natural Resources 36

Land Acquisition and Protection 36

Water Resource Protection 37

Protection of Strategic Habitats 37

Maintenance and Stewardship 37

Goal 3: Increase Recreation Programs and Facilities 37

Active Recreation 37

Passive Recreation 37

Goal 4: Educate about the Financial, Ecological, and Personal Value of Open Space 38

Goal 5: Collaborate to Achieve Regional Integration 38

Goal 6: Begin Active Protection of Key Open Spaces 38

Current Land Acquisition or Protection Priorities 38

Results Map 40

SECTION 9 - Five-Year Action Plan

Goals and Objectives 41

Open Space Committee 41

Board of Selectmen 42

Conservation Commission 43

Planning Board 46

Ashby Land Trust 47

Parks Department 48

Historic Commission 48

SECTION 10 Public Comments 49

SECTION 11

References 50

Appendix

Mammals 51

Birds 52

Open Space and Recreation Survey & Survey Results 56