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This morning we got to walk through the Kohn’s woods, looking at the results of their recent timber sale. First we heard directly from Judy and Henry about their goals for the land, including their interest in providing places for wildlife of all kinds to live and increasing the diversity of tree species on the […]

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Walking along the Ware River

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Today we made great strides in expanded the cleaned up area along the Sucker Brook pond at Pynchon’s Grist Mill Preserve. Thanks to the hard work of Matt, Harrison, Tom, Annie, Rich, Becky, and Cynthia. The pond edge was cleared, trimming the herbaceous growth and cutting the woody shrubs to the ground. The view over […]

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Introducing Henry’s Grove

The newest East Quabbin Land Trust preserve is Henry’s Grove in Hubbardston. Through the generosity of Judith Bothwell and Joyce Lofgren, and partial funding from the US Forest Service Forest Legacy Program, these 94 acres are permanently protected from future development and open to the public for passive recreational activities. The installation of parking and […]

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A hardworking crew of seven converged at Mandell Hill on Barre Road in Hardwick Saturday morning. The work day goal was to clear the existing electric fences from the whole summers worth of plant growth. There was multiflora rose, bittersweet, golden rod, grape vines, and lots of other stuff to cut out. We were focusing […]

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The Hunter family has owned the land since the mid-1700s. There are at least four hay fields, several pastures, an apple orchard, a tremendous marsh, and woods. A big section of woods is mixed hardwoods, like oaks, maples, ash, and cherry. A few American chestnut sprouts are still growing, showing that the land once included […]

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Thanks to the hard work of Reshma, Becky, Harrison, MJ and Cynthia on Saturday, plus the efforts of Marty and Devon on other days, the trail on the North Brookfield Town Forest Park that connects with Wendemuth Meadow is now open. Including the loop trail along the ridge! And just in time for summer camp […]

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Today the fire crew from Northeast Fire and Forest Management, with assistance from the Town of North Brookfield and Mass. Dept. Conservation and Recreation, turned their attention to the wet meadow at Wendemuth Meadow. The goal was to burn as much of the thatch lying under all the grass, sedges and bushes to burn off. […]

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Big orange signs along Church Street warned passers-by that a Prescribed Fire was in progress, but plenty of people slowed right down this afternoon as smoke wafted up over the Frohloff Farm. The easterly wind¬† helped disperse the smoke, including lots of water vapor because it was so green. The 8 acres that were burned […]

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Over twenty landowners and others joined Byron and Nancy Stutzman to walk their woods and learn about some of their stewardship practices on the woodland in Ware and Hardwick. They’ve been working on improving the forest health, diversifying the species and improving access. Several timber sales over the past decade have improved spacing and the […]

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