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Hikers Can Now Visit Some Mass. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries

The marshes at Mass. Audubon's Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The marshes at Mass. Audubon's Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Mass. Audubon is gradually reopening trails at many of its wildlife sanctuaries across the state after closing its facilities in late March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The nonprofit said Wednesday the sanctuaries reopening were selected based on several conditions, including the ability to manage the number of people and cars expected. Nature centers and other buildings, including bathrooms, remain closed. The organization says visitors still must adhere to social distancing and other safety protocols.

Among the sanctuaries that have opened are Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield; Nashoba Brook in Westford; and Tidmarsh in Plymouth.

Mass. Audubon protects about 38,000 acres at about 100 properties. Additional sanctuaries will be opening in the coming weeks.

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