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.
Help protect Woodhaven Farm, Carlisle
Work continues on the protection of Woodhaven Farm in Carlisle. SVT and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) have raised over $200,000 toward the $410,00 project cost, huge steps in an effort to protect the Prospect Street property, which consists of 28 acres of land adjacent to Estabrook Woods in the south part of Carlisle. The owners of neighboring Sweet Autumn Farm have proposed to purchase Woodhaven Farm and to convey a CR to SVT and CCF. Read more about the project, and please consider a donation!
Chapter 61 Workshop Resources Available
In late March, MassLIFT AmeriCorps member Alicia Coleman and SVT board member & Keystone Coordinator Karin Paquin coordinated a workshop on the Chapter 61 Current Use Program. This workshop is part of a capacity building project to expand land protection efforts and conservation planning outreach.
Sixty-five people from 23 municipalities joined the conversation about Chapter 61 enrollment withdrawal and how municipalities can effectively conserve land when these difficult situations arise.
Our keynote speakers were Linda Swadel, retired Principal Assessor (Westborough), and Elaine Lazarus, Director of Land Use and Town Operations (Hopkinton), and SVT’s land protection staff. Sitting on our Q&A panel was Anne Gagnon (DCR Service Forester), Laura Dooley (MassWildlife Land Agent), and Deb Eliason (land use and conservation attorney).
Thanks to Roche Brothers, Market Basket, and the Town of Acton for donating gift certificates and the meeting space for this event.