Cloverdale – Littleton’s Newest Conservation Area

Cloverdale
Cloverdale Sign

As you drive into Littleton on Great Road, from Acton, you may have noticed the “CLOVERDALE” sign. This is the location of Littleton’s newest conservation property. Cloverdale resulted from the recent consolidation of lots formerly held independently by Park and Recreation and the Conservation Commission.

We would like to express our gratitude to the people of Littleton for their support of the Community Preservation Article at Town Meeting. Thanks to your backing, the preservation of Cloverdale Conservation Area will soon be underway. One of Littleton’s strengths is our commitment to the preservation of farmland, and this is the first area of farmland one sees upon entering our town.

Community Preservation funding will soon enable us to restore this property from a tangled mess of broken trees and invasive vines to the beautiful pastureland and meadow that it was when Irish immigrant John Mannion began farming it in the late 1800s. Mannion and his family members operated “Cloverdale Farm”, and later “Dell Dale Farm”, until the 1950s when it was sold to the Byrne family. Over subsequent years pieces of the farm were gradually sold off and developed for housing. Littleton is very fortunate to own over twenty acres of the former Mannion family farm.

Our vision for the preservation of Cloverdale will be the removal of dead and undesirable trees, stumps, large stone piles and invasive vines and brush. Portions of the area will be graded and re-seeded, ultimately providing a manageable combination of pasture, meadow and open woodland. The area may eventually return to active agriculture/grazing or become scenic parkland with trails and picnic areas. Cloverdale Conservation Area will surely become a beautiful introduction to our wonderful town.

New website

The site you are seeing here is a brand new site that would not be possible without the original LCT website work done by Jim Campbell, all the additions done with the Trail Guide that Art Lazarus created and the input of Jim O’Neil, Karen O’Neil, Rick Findlay, Bill Brown, Zach Brown, Don Maciver and others.

A while back, Jim O’Neil proposed that LCT update their website and prototyped a new site. More recently, Scott Lewis worked with Jim to develop the new site you see here.

The new website runs on a content management system that will make it easier and more efficient to publish updated content, event information and newsletter archives. It also features a new database of information about the conservation lands of Littleton that generates the trail overview table, individual trail pages and online trail guide from a single source of content. This makes the new site much easier to manage and ensures that you see the same information no matter how you choose to view the trail content.

We hope you find the new site useful and easy to use. If you encounter any problems, have questions or think something else should be here that isn’t yet, please let us know with the Website Feedback form on the Contact Us menu.

Support Article 8, Item 6 at Town Meeting 5/5/2014

Update: this article passed at town meeting.

PLEASE SUPPORT ARTICLE 8, ITEM NO. 6 – SCENIC FARMLAND RESTORATION at TOWN MEETING, MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014.

The Community Preservation Committee has recommended that town meeting approve a number of items including item number 6, Scenic Farmland Restoration, namely Cloverdale Conservation Area.

CLOVERDALE is a twenty plus acre property that was deeded to the town when the Apple D’Or housing development was built. It is under Littleton Conservation Commission control.

The property is bounded by Great Road on the west, Surrey Road on the east, and Grist Mill Road on the south and north.

This property was owned by the Mannion family who emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1800s. John Mannion and his family members operated “Cloverdale Farm”, and later “Dell Dale Farm”, until the 1950s when it was sold to the Byrne family. Over subsequent years pieces of the farm were gradually sold off and developed for housing. The town is quite fortunate to now own over twenty acres of the former Mannion family farm. An interesting feature of this property is a “cattle walk” tunnel under Great Road which was used to safely transport dairy cows from the barn on Mannion Place to the pasture.

Much of this property had become a tangled mass of invasive plants and broken trees. In recent years volunteers have carved their way through Oriental Bittersweet, Poison Ivy, Glossy Buckthorn and Garlic Mustard in an effort to halt the destruction.

Our vision for the preservation of Cloverdale requires the removal of dead and undesirable trees, stumps, large stone piles and Invasives. This will allow for rough grading in preparation for reseeding, ultimately providing a manageable combination of pasture/meadow and open woodland. This might eventually return to active agriculture/grazing or become a scenic parkland with trails and picnic areas. It will surely improve the entrance to our wonderful town.

The preservation of farmland along 2A/119 is a primary goal of our Open Space Plan. We urge you to support this effort at Town Meeting.

The Community Preservation Committee, Board of Selectmen, and the Littleton Conservation Trust support this article. Please join us by voting “YES” on Article 8, Item No. 6 – Scenic Farmland Restoration.

Fall 2004 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Improving Conservation Land in Littleton by Art Lazarus
  • The Fisher – Another Wild Resident of Littleton by Melissa Spurr
  • Membership Information — Time to Renew Now by Don MacIver
  • Invasive Aliens — Join the Resistance (Japanese Knotweed) by Rick Findlay
  • Active Seniors Visit Littleton by Steve Sussman
  • Book Reviews:
    • IPM For Gardners: A Guide to Integrated Pest Management by Raymond A. Cloyd, Philip L. Nixon, & Nancy R. Pataky (Review by Kathy Stevens)
    • Solving Deer Problems by Peter Loewer (Review by Doreen Morse)

Fall 2004 Newsletter