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Thanks to funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Massachusetts Service Alliance, we had a terrific work day advancing projects to beautify and enhance the visitor experience at the Mass Central Rail Trail. Over twenty people spent the better part of the day creating a pollinator garden, cleaning up the main […]

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Our March potluck featured pulled pork, pork ribs, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, roasted vegetables and much more. Lots of great eats for all! Don’t miss our next potluck on April 14th. Then Joshua Bruckner, from Mass Dept of Agriculture brought us up to date on the Asian Long-horned Beetle infestation of Worcester. Fortunately, after almost […]

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There is a new grant fund for woodland landowners who want to create a Forest Management Plan with Bird Habitat Assessment built right into the document. Promoting wildlife is often a major goal for woodland owners. And there are many things that can be done to actively promote better and diverse bird habitat. This special […]

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Views improved

Our newest property, the Seven Acre Preserve, is a beautiful agricultural field on North Main Street in Petersham.  There is a stone wall running along the road, but has been overgrown with saplings and vines, blocking the view from travelers. On Saturday a great crew brought their loppers, chainsaws and brush cutters to clear more […]

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Last night we lifted our glasses in thanks and appreciation for those who helped construct our new garage. In particular we thanked the Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School and their lead teacher Louis Zglobicki. They worked through the cold and wind, the hot and humid, to build a strong and resilient garage to house […]

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The cold wind was blowing, but once we started the walk it didn’t feel so bad. Harry took us on a large loop through his woods off Petersham Road in Hardwick to see the results of 25 years of forest management looks like. Over that time, the Webb’s have completed seven timber sales, removing over […]

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Nearly Ready!

The garage construction is nearly complete! The Stewardship team members are cheering loudly as we are close to moving our tools and equipment into their new home. Next steps include electrical, garage doors and an asphalt apron at the doors. Today we started the process of creating a barway, access point from Ridge Road, at […]

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Our forester, Roger Plourde, lead a group of neighbors and friends for a walk at Henry’s Grove in anticipation of a timber harvest over the 2018-19 winter. The overarching goal is to improve the quality and health of the trees growing on the 94-acre property that runs from Lombard Road down to the East Branch […]

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Breeding birds monitored

Thanks to Jeff, Ann, John and Cynthia, we have a better handle on what birds are using Wendemuth Meadow and Mandell Hill during this breeding season. Early Sunday morning, we convened at Wendemuth and walked the longer loop trail that runs up and around the hill. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, though a bit […]

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Chris Buelow, a restoration ecologist with the Mass. Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, lead a walking tour of the recent barrens restoration project along Muddy Brook. As Chris explained, the recent land use – woods with lots of the ubiquitous White Pine – of the area was really different from the past 8,000 years. […]

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