Hartwell Scavenger Hunt

We have received some great photos from the recent Scavenger Hunt at the Hartwell Memorial Family Preserve. Thank you to Merilee Wright and Cindy Proulx, our winners of the photo contest. Merilee submitted – Cousins Bonding Time on the Old Stone Bridge and Cindy’s photo features her daughters Amy and Emily with the rock encased in the tree roots.

It was so great to see kids of all ages having fun outside, away from all of life’s distractions, hanging out with their parents.

We’ve also included some other photos that were submitted from the event highlighting some of the various objects sought after on the trails.

Thanks for the great photos!

Click a photo to view them as a slideshow.

LCT Photo Contest

Tiny scene in Sarah Doublet Forest

Littleton Conservation Trust is holding a photo contest! Enter your best photos taken on conservation properties in Littleton in 2018.

Enter the 2018 LCT Photo Contest and see your photo on our website and at our annual meeting!

All entries must be received by end of day on November 5, 2018. Winners will be announced at LCT’s Annual Meeting on November 16, 2018.

Photos can be from any theme. Some ideas are Wildlife, Scenic Vistas or Wildflowers.

For full rules and ways to enter, visit the contest page.

HomeAdvisor’s list of conservation links

We recently received this note from leaders and students involved with the Old Louisville Student Conservation Association:

I was teaching an environmental science lesson to some elementary students this past weekend, and when they were doing a natural resource web quest they ended up on your webpage. They thought I should tell you we were using the links there and found some great information so thanks.

They also decided it would be nice of us to return the favor, so I had them pick out a good conservation page for us to share with you!

Sincerely,
Miss Ainsworth and Samantha, Abby, Taylor, and Lane

The link they sent us is from HomeAdvisor and is a curated list of helpful conservation related links:
Home Science: Backyard Conservation

Help us map and eradicate invasive Garlic Mustard in Littleton

Garlic Mustard

Garlic MustardLittleton Conservation Trust Trustee Rick Findlay is recruiting a volunteer work group to control the spread of invasive plant species.

Our current top priority is stopping the spread of Garlic Mustard, one of the most destructive invasive plant species in the state. Introduced from Europe, garlic mustard is self-fertile and is very difficult to eradicate once it is established in an area. It spreads rapidly and, unfortunately, displaces native or other desired plants in a relatively short period of time. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds which spread by wildlife, humans, water, or other means. Most Garlic Mustard infestations can be removed by simply pulling the shallow rooted plant out of the ground and placing it in trash bags for disposal.

We invite volunteers of all ages to participate in this project. Our ultimate goal is to map infested areas and get volunteers to adopt specific roads or areas. It will be a multi-year effort until existing seed is no longer viable.

Please help us to establish invasive plant awareness throughout the Town. Tell your friends and neighbors about this project!

With your HELP, we can defeat this menace.

For more information on Garlic Mustard, check out these Youtube videos:

Thank you for your assistance!

Appeal To Help Organize Invasive Plant Control Group

CALLING ALL CONSERVATION MINDED CITIZENS

 

LITTLETON CONSERVATION TRUST NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Rick Findlay of Littleton Conservation Trust would like your assistance in establishing a volunteer work group to control the spread of invasive plant species.

Currently, our primary concern is the spread of Garlic Mustard, one of the most destructive invasive plant species in the state today. A plant introduced from Europe, garlic mustard is self-fertile and is very difficult to eradicate once it is established in an area. It spreads rapidly and unfortunately, displaces native or other desired plants in a relatively short period of time. Each plant can produce thousands of seeds which can be spread by wildlife, humans, water, or other means. Most Garlic Mustard infestations can be removed by simply pulling the shallow rooted  plant out of the ground and placing it in trash bags for disposal.

We invite volunteers of all ages to participate in this project. Our ultimate goal is to map infested areas and get volunteers to adopt specific roads or areas. It will be a multi-year effort until existing seed is no longer viable.

PLEASE join in this worthwhile project by contacting Rick Findlay for details at ricfin@comcast.net or 978-486-4031.

Now is the time to pull garlic mustard to prevent it from spreading around town. If you see it on trails or on your roadside, please pull it and let Rick know where it was located.

Seeds last for many years. If seeds have formed, pulled plants should be put in black plastic bags and left in the sun for a couple of weeks. Late in the season, pulled plants left in the woods can still develop seeds.
Please help us to establish invasive plant awareness
throughout the Town.
With your HELP, we can defeat this menace. 

 


For more information on Garlic Mustard, check out the Youtube links below:

https://youtu.be/71XcCuPWiWk
https://youtu.be/Sl1HFFr89Ao

Thank you for your assistance,

Jim O’Neil
Director of Land Stewardship
Littleton Conservation Trust