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Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project

Brissette in Boylston by Jesse Koyen.
On the western edge of the Sudbury Valley Trustees region in the towns of Berlin, Boylston, and Northborough, lies some of the most intact and important unprotected wildlife habitat in eastern Massachusetts. Working in a nine-square mile area around Mount Pisgah, Wrack Meadow, and the Wachusett Reservoir, the partners in the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project (SVT and the Towns of Berlin, Northborough, and Boylston) seek to protect 500 acres of land comprised of quality habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. With this project, the partners are connecting valuable natural landscapes to link the area to the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire though a network of conservation land. With the receipt of a State Landscape Partnership Program grant of $1.47M the project is well underway and will be completed by June 2016.
Watch the following 3 minute video, produced by local historian Electa Tritsch. to learn more about the project - or read more on our Tri-Town web page.
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Pond Street-Whitehall Woods Update

From L to R, Mary McManus (Bay State Trail Riders Association), Jonathan Phelps (Metrowest Daily News), Larry McManus, Steve Warren (head of Friends of Whitehall), and Christa Collins (SVT)
In our efforts to help protect an important natural area in Hopkinton located at 203 Pond Street, we have been delighted to work with the many partners that comprise the Whitehall Woods Alliance: the Hopkinton Area Land Trust, Friends of Upton State Forest, Friends of Whitehall, Bay State Trail Riders Association, and New England Mountain Bike Association.
The Alliance had hoped to protect the entire 42 acre parcel.  Regrettably, a vote to purchase the property failed to reach a 2/3 majority at a Special Town Meeting on March 3rd. As a result, 10 acres of the property will be purchased by a developer for a 12-lot subdivision, but the remaining 32 acres of open space will eventually be given to SVT as part of the special permit that enables the development of the 10 acres.  While we are disappointed that the full parcel could not be protected, we are thrilled that 32 acres will be permanently protected, resulting in a new public amenity and improved access to the Upton State Forest.
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March comes in like a maple tree, goes out exploring

Photograph by Susan Crane, co-host of one of a winter ad hoc cross-country ski program in Stow.
As winter turns to spring, SVT is home to a great variety of programs during the month of March.  This winter has given us many opportunities to host short noitce ad hoc winter events.  Care to sign up for the ad hoc list?
Regularly scheduled programs include maple sugaring, a six-week watercolor workshop, a photography workshop, viewing of a new conservation film, map and compass backcountry navigation, and as spring begins we start a six-session spring explorers class geared specifically for kids in grades 3-5.
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Westborough Troop 100: 10 Years of Service to Walkup & Robinson Reservation

"Thank you, Troop 100!"
On January 22, 2005, SVT's Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei met with a group of Boy Scouts eager to volunteer at our Walkup and Robinson Memorial Reservation in Westborough. In the ten years since, Scouts have come and gone from Troop 100—a few even earning their Eagle Ranks right there at Walkup—but the Troop's commitment to service at the property has remained constant.
Thanks to a similar commitment from adult volunteers like our long-time Preserve Steward John Metzger and Wheaton College Professor of Biology Scott Shumway—both dads of Troop 100 Scouts in the past—the Scouts have had excellent direction on how to best help the property during their seasonal work days. Scott has used his experience in managing invasive plant species to point willing and weed-wrench-wielding Scouts toward pockets of trailside burning bush that have steadily decreased over the years. John's year-round visits have informed many productive trail cleanups, during which Scouts have trimmed overgrown branches and cleaned out drainage structures. We've also been lucky to make use of the Scouts’ young energy following a series of storms (including the Halloween nor'easter of 2011 and Hurricane Sandy the following year) when they cleared downed limbs from  trails at the reservation. 
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Sudbury Valley Trustees
is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.