Land Conservation Projects Completed in Wayland and Carlisle
SVT has completed two land conservation projects this week!
In Wayland, 15 acres off Rice Road were set aside as open space for the Covered Bridge development. SVT now owns and manages that open space, which is directly across the street from Mainstone Farm.
In Carlisle, SVT and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation partnered to protect 28-acre Woodhaven Farm. Katharine Endicott and Leslie Thomas, owners of neighborhing Sweet Autumn Farm, purchased Woodhaven and immediately sold a conservation restriction to SVT and CCF. Katharine and Leslie will expand their farming operations and use the property to educate others about the importance of sustainable agriculture. This project helps support local farming, protects important habitat next to Estabrook Woods, and would not have been possible without Katherine and Leslie's incredible vision and generosity - they sold the conservation restriction for less than a quarter of its market value. Read more about the project here.
Stream Bank Restoration at Memorial Forest
SVT and our volunteers have been busy this season working to restore several areas of stream bank at our General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury. Impacts from a variety of user groups where trails cross streams had resulted in loss of vegetation and, in some cases, erosion. Throughout late winter and early spring, we made changes to the rules on these trails in order to help protect the sensitive resource areas along these cold-water streams. With the help of two local riding groups (Dutton Downs and the Old North Bridge Hounds), renovated bridges over an intermittent stream and Cranberry Brook now allow horseback riders to safely cross the streams without impacting them. We've also started to see plant growth on newly stabilized areas near Hop Brook and another section of Cranberry Brook. We'll continue to work to improve these areas, as well as a few others this season. We ask visitors to help this effort by staying on the trails, and especially by leashing their dogs ahead of stream crossings. This will allow these areas to return to a healthy condition and prevent new damage at other areas.
SVT Announces MassLIFT AmeriCorps Positions for 2016-17 Season
This year, 30 MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members will help their hosting organizations meet critical community needs for land protection, stewardship of protected lands, outreach to the broader community, and youth education opportunities to engage young people in conservation. To learn more about MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, visit masslift.org.
SVT is hosting three AmeriCorps positions. Applications and interviews are now open. The three positions we are offering are:
Mainstone Farm Gets Overwhelming Support at Wayland Town Meeting
On Monday, April 11, 2016, Wayland Town meeting overwhelmingly passed Article 30 to appropriate $12 million from Community Preservation Funds towards the purchase of a Conservation Restriction (CR) on 208 acres of Mainstone Farm. Thanks to all you who were able to attend and vote "yes".
This "yes" vote was critical for us to proceed and SVT is now able to advance on its efforts to raise an additional $3.3 million toward the purchase price of $15 million and to cover project costs.