Results of the Robinson Woods Dog Policy Survey - Cape Elizabeth Land Trust


Results of the Robinson Woods Dog Policy Survey

Thank you to the 366 community members who responded to our survey regarding dog leash policy in Robinson Woods. Community input is critical to our decision-making process, especially on preserves with such a long history of public access and enjoyment. This data will be used as we draft a new policy in the coming months.

The current policy remains in effect until CELT formally adopts a new schedule: Dogs are allowed off-leash at Robinson Woods II Pond Trail before 10 am daily. Dogs are allowed off-leash at Robinson Woods I after 3 pm during standard time, 4p m during daylight savings.

CELT originally implemented a dog policy in 2016, following several dog bite incidents, issues with dog waste on the trails, and concerns about habitat disruption, especially in the vernal pools. The policy was generally successful in addressing these concerns, but feedback in recent years indicates areas for improvement, especially with the recent addition of 51.9 acres of woods and trails south of the pond that are not included in the existing policy.

Regardless of any changes to the policy, certain areas will continue to be on-leash only for legal or ecological reasons. Currently, these include:

  • Canter Way Trail from the Methodist Church to the CELT property line (per restrictions of the private landowners)
  • Along the Wildflower Trail (due to sensitive vernal pool areas)
  • Trailheads, parking, and Bellfield Road (Town ordinance)

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