Scituate officials will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. this Thursday to discuss how to protect the town’s conservation lands. The meeting, taking place at the Mount Hope Improvement Society on the corner of Cedar Street and Clapp Road, will focus on the town-owned properties off Bates Lane and Clapp Road, and will solicit ideas on how best to utilize both. Almost all of the land was purchased with Community Preservation Committee funding, and according to the CPC website, was stitched together from several purchases over time. There are dozens of acres of property in the area, a mix of woodland next to natural brooks, and some wetland area. The discussion will be hosted by the Conway School of Landscape Design. Those who cannot attend the meeting are encouraged to send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.