Town of Ashland, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ashland May 1993 Special Town Meeting. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Forest — See Ch. 339.
The Ashland Town Forest is available to all Ashland residents and groups, provided that they do not damage or jeopardize the forest and its environment in any way.
The rules and regulations are aimed at the preservation and protection of this valuable town resource for the present and future enjoyment of the townspeople.
A. 
The forest shall be kept in its natural state and will be maintained for passive recreational use only.
B. 
Groups using the forest must be based in Ashland or be sponsored by the Ashland Town Forest Committee.
C. 
There shall be no camping in the forest unless authorized by the Town Forest Committee nor shall there be fires without the permission of the Ashland Fire Department.
D. 
Trash disposal, littering or other polluting is prohibited.
E. 
Hunting and trapping are prohibited. The use of motor vehicles without authorization of the Town Forest Committee is prohibited.
F. 
There shall be no removal of soil, live trees or plants, and stone walls are to remain intact.
G. 
Selective cutting of firewood will be done under the written permission of the Town Forest Committee. Cutting will be permitted to Ashland residents only. The wood cannot be sold and must be used in Ashland residences only. Cutting will be controlled for the purpose of improving the natural growth throughout the forest.
H. 
There will be no unauthorized marking or cutting of trails in the Town Forest.
[Added 11-17-1997 ATM, Art. 20]
The Ashland Town Forest is a woodland region with winding trails, rock outcroppings and varied terrain. Any person or persons entering or using the forest do so at their own risk. The Town of Ashland and the Ashland Town Forest Committee will not be liable or responsible for any injury, loss or damage.
The Town Forest Committee is authorized to promulgate the rules and regulations for the use and enjoyment of the Ashland Town Forest and, upon filing with the Town Clerk, those rules and regulations shall become effective.
A. 
Criminal disposition. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, or of any duly adopted and filed rules and regulations for the use of the town forest, shall be fined, if convicted, no less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) for the first offense and not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300.00) for each succeeding offense. Each day or part thereof of violation of any provision of this chapter, or such rules and regulations, whether such violation is continuous or intermittent, shall be construed as a separate and succeeding offense.
B. 
Non-criminal disposition. Violations of any provision of this chapter, or of any duly adopted and filed rules and regulations for the use of the town forest, may be processed pursuant to Chapter 40, section 21D of the general laws of the commonwealth. Fines for violations shall be assessed as follows:
First offense:
one hundred dollars ($100.00)
Second offense:
two hundred dollars ($200.00)
Third and subsequent offenses:
three hundred dollars ($300.00)
Each day or part thereof of violation of any provision of this chapter or such rules and regulations, whether such violation is continuous or intermittent, shall be construed as a separate and succeeding offense.
Any person having police powers, the conservation officer, zoning enforcement officer or other person so designated by the town manager shall have enforcement powers under this paragraph.