2019 Spring Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Smith Conservation Land: Managing the Future
  • Protecting & Preserving Your Town’s Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape
  • Upcoming Walks
  • LCT Awarded Grant for Preservation of Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes
  • Amphibian Brigade: A Rainy Night in Spring on Fort Pond Road
  • SVT BioBlitz Discovery Days at Smith Property
  • The Book Corner
    • The Hidden Lives of Owls
    • Farming with Native Beneficial Insects

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Help us map and eradicate invasive Garlic Mustard in Littleton

Garlic Mustard

Garlic MustardGarlic Mustard is flourishing right now. Pull or weed whack it before it is fully flowered! It is easier as you won’t need to bag it and let it rot in the bags or dispose of it carefully.

Littleton 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!


Join guest speaker, Scott Smyers, Vice President and Senior Scientist at Oxbow Associates of Boxborough and learn about vernal pools and their importance as a breeding habitat for various species of wildlife, including salamanders and frogs.

New Location: Public Safety Building. (Acton Police Department) at 371 Main Street

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 PM

Spring Events Planned

Children enjoying a glacial erratic on a hike.

Littleton Conservation Trust, Oak Meadow School, Littleton Conservation Commission and the Reuben Hoar Library are offering the following events this spring. See our upcoming events page for details on each event.

Late March or Early April: Amphibian Crossing location and exact date depend on temperature. Contact Amy Green in Littleton Conservation Commission to be notified.

April 6 at 10:00 AM: Presentation on Natural History of Vernal Pools at Oak Meadow School

April 13 at 9:00 AM: Vernal Pool Field Trip (RSVP required, limit of 20) at Robert and Emily Cobb Memorial Trust

April 20 at 10:00 AM: Oak Hill Guided Hike at Oak Hill Conservation Area

May 4 at 10:00 AM: Kids Journey to Fort Rock at George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land

June 1 at 10:00 AM: Yapp Conservation and Cobb Memorial Forest Guided Hike

June 8 at 9:00 AM: LCT Annual Bird Nestbox Walk at Long Lake Park

August 20 at 7:00 PM: Creature Teachers at Reuben Hoar Library

SVT Acquires Smith Property

Black Pond on the Smith property
Black Pond on the Smith Property

On February 15, 2019, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) acquired the Smith Property, a spectacular 49-acre property on Whitcomb Avenue in Littleton. 

The property boasts expansive views of Beaver Brook Marsh and Black Pond, and it provides valuable habitat for numerous species, including bobcat, bear, coyote, and porcupine, all of which have recently been spotted on the land.

In addition to our acqusition, the Town of Harvard’s Conservation Commission purchased the 12 acres of the Smith Property that sit on the Harvard side of the town line. Going forward, SVT will manage the combined 61 acres. 

SVT thanks the many individuals and foundations who contributed to our fundraising efforts, which included a crowdfunding campaign in November 2018.

SVT also thanks the Littleton Conservation Trust (LCT) for its support of the project. The LCT will continue to hold a conservation restriction over the property to ensure its ecological values are preserved.

SVT is currently working on a management plan and have sought input and advice from Harvard and Littleton residents. In addition, we will be conducting a BioBlitz environmental survey in June to catalog the species that live on the land. Everyone is invited to help!

More information at the Sudbury Valley Trustees website