The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation is reminding trail walkers to keep their dogs leashed as an important safety matter during the pandemic.

More people have been using trails at Island conservation properties this spring, the foundation said in a statement.

“Dogs are among our favorite walking companions, and it’s great that there are so many places open to them on Martha’s Vineyard,” said Adam Moore, executive director of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation. “But with the serious health concerns of coronavirus, we hope dog owners will understand that keeping their dog leashed helps make the trails safer for everyone.”

For more information about the Island’s 200-plus miles of walking, running, and biking trails and the Sheriff’s Meadow trails app, visit the foundation’s website.