Maps and Books
WFTA publishes a 2' x 3' folded trail map of Weston, available for $10, and Elmer Jones's book Walks on Weston Conservation Land, for $5. Both can be purchased in the Conservation Commission office at Weston Town Hall (once state-of-emergency restrictions have ended), or by mail by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Below you can see an overview of the map and find more information about the book, including excerpts.
The Conservation Commission and the GIS department have developed a simplified version of the MapsOnline program that can be used on your smartphone to help you navigate through Weston’s conservation land. A few easy steps to get you on your way:
Bookmark the interactive map on your smartphone. Open it the next time you set off onto conservation land.
To determine your precise location, press “zoom” and “follow” near the bottom of the screen, and a blue circle will appear where you are situated.
If you discover a problem on the trail (tree down, erosion, etc.), you can take a screenshot of your location and email that image to the Weston Conservation Commission at email@example.com. Be sure there is enough info shown on the screen for staff to figure out where you are — it’s helpful if a nearby street and/or intersection number is shown. Also be sure to include a description of the problem in your email (e.g.: 8" diameter tree down across trail on March 8th).
See above for how to purchase a copy of the map. Hard copies are 24" x 36" and fold up for convenient carrying. The reproduction below is an older version than those for sale.
Map highlighting conserved land areas
Excerpts from Walks on Weston Conservation Land
In 1999 Dr. Elmer Jones, a long-time Trustee of the Association, Professor at Northeastern University and immense fount of knowledge on plants, geology and natural and political history, wrote the book Walks on Weston Conservation Land, detailing some 18 interesting walks on Weston's open spaces. The book is an indispensable source of information — not only on our trails, but on flowers, wildlife and history in our town. No one in Weston should be without it; see above for how to purchase a copy. Some excerpts from the book are reproduced on the following pages:
The late Professor Elmer Jones was a wonderful guide and resource on the wonders of Weston's trails and open space.