Mass Audubon event: Conservation subdivisions in action

How can you create a community-wide network of protected lands and trails by working with developers? What approaches to subdivision design can maximize natural resource protection and optimize the use of land, while saving money and improving your community’s bottom line and quality of life?

Learn how Westford did it, and discuss how your community can also benefit. See case study in Losing Ground: Planning for Resilience p. 23, at

  • Chris Kluchman, AICP, Director of Land Use Management
  • Bill Turner, Conservation/Resource Planner
  • Bill Harman, former Planning Board and Conservation Commission member, former Board member Westford Conservation Trust
  • Ron Gemma, Board President, Westford Conservation Trust
  • Valerie Massard, AICP, Coordinator of Mass Audubon’s Shaping the Future of Your Community Program
  • Joseph Flaherty of Forever Green Homes

This event will be submitted for AICP-CM credit. Light refreshments will be provided – brown bag lunch encouraged.

Event is free, pre-registration required:

Register online at or contact:

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10am – 3pm

Where: Westford Police Training Facility, 53 Main Street, Westford, MA

Sudbury Valley Trustees 61st Annual Meeting (open to the public)


(This event has already taken place).

Sudbury Valley Trustees will be recognizing several local conservation leaders for significant contributions to the preservation and protection of the region’s conservation lands at its 61st Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 2, at 6:30pm. The meeting will take place at SVT’s Wolbach Farm headquarters (18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury, MA). This event is open to the public, so please come and learn more about the important work of SVT and the contributions of these dedicated conservationists.

Awards to be presented at this year’s meeting include the Lewis Conservation Award to Steve Tobin of Carlisle, for his leadership with the Carlisle Conservation Foundation; the Morgan Volunteer Award to Barbara Earley of Marlborough and Judy Eneguess of Ashland; the SVT Steward of the Land Award to Fred King of Maynard; the Distinguished Public Service Award to Lee Steppacher of Concord, retiring Project Coordinator of the River Stewardship Council; and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy and Will Mack of Sudbury.

The meeting will conclude with a presentation by Wes Ward, Senior Advisor for Conservation Policy to The Trustees of Reservations, on “Regional Land Trusts: Strengths and Prospects”. SVT invites the public to join us for refreshments and socializing at 6:30pm; the annual meeting program, including the business meeting and awards, will begin at 7:30pm.

SVT’s web site is

Busy beavers drop tree on Bumble Bee Lane

Earlier today, a birch tree fell onto Bumblebee Lane. It appears the cause was one or more beavers. LCT volunteer, and trail crew leader, Jim O’Neil cleared the tree from the private lane. There are some widow-makers leaning on nearby trees and a crew will need to go back and do more cleanup later. If you live in the area, please keep kids away from the leaning trees and don’t try to push them over by hand.

This incident was reported to LCT via the “Report a Trail Issue” feature on the website. If you encounter an obstacle or danger such as a down tree on an LCT managed property, please report it to us.

Littleton Community Farm fundraising event at Red Raven

Littleton Community Farm logo


Note: This event has already taken place. 

The Littleton Community Farm (LCF) is launching a fundraising campaign at 7pm on October 5th at the Red Raven (formerly Scupper Jack’s) where Brian Donahue will give a talk called “Rooted in Community”. Tickets include a drink and ongoing appetizers.

Brian is an Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University and has written environmental books on local farming and land use including Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town.

Brian started the Weston Community Farm (Land’s Sake). Brian will present a hopeful, engaging, relevant message on the future of community farms.

Littleton Community Farm Board Members will discuss recent news and future goals to inspire the community through hands-on, multi-generation exposure to farm, land, food and volunteerism.

Please go here for more details and to register yourself: Please sign up as soon as you can! There is a maximum of 150 guests.

Littleton Country Fair

Littleton Conservation Trust operated Henry Harvey’s cider press, with apples donated by Nagog Hill Orchard, and promoted Littleton’s conservation lands at the Littleton Country Fair. Children were excited to operate the press and make their own cider.

Children making cider
Children making cider

Preserving the rural character of Littleton for current and future generations.