Stow Conservation Trust
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
Experience the beauty of Stow.
Explore a Stow Conservation Trust property!
Join a “first Sunday of each month” hike,
as part of SCT’s 40th Anniversary Year.
April 2 at 9:30:
First Sunday Hike on Leggett
property at the corner of Whitman Rd and Rte 62, Time
Children are welcome; we will check out the new Musical
Station along the trail.
Forty Years of Conservation
Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) is turning
40 in 2017. To celebrate, we are organizing 40
small events to encourage people to get to know
SCT and get outdoors. We are looking for volunteers
to help organize the events.
For more information contact Carol Gumbart
Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 : Canoe the Elizabeth
The Elizabeth Brook is at its highest in
April; canoeing it is a Stow adventure
meet at the Lions Club field on Rt 117
at 9:30 AM with an intent to shove off by 10.
Please contact the leader, Steve Jelinek
at firstname.lastname@example.org, ahead of time
to learn more about the event and help
us make plans.
Saturday, April 29: Stow Town Clean Up
Sign up for your cleanup area on the town
map at the Lower Common near Papa Gino’s
on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Save Stow's Farms
Sunday, April 30th between 1 and 4:
small farm/Carver Hill Community Open House
SCT and the Stow Conservation Commission invite you and your family to spend some time on the 2 farms
coming up for a vote to be permanently conserved at the Town Meeting on May 1st. There will be activities, tours,
and refreshments throughout the afternoon. Come find out about why we are so excited about the conservation of these two properties.
small farm is along Rte 62 and Carver Hill Orchard is at the end of Brookside Av
For more information about these two properties: http://www.stowconservationtrust.org/images/Carver-Small-brochure.pdf
Save Stow's Farms Initiative
The Stow Conservation Trust (“SCT”), with support from the Town of Stow and many others, is embarking on an exciting new campaign called “Save Stow’s Farms.”
We are working with local farmers to craft cost-effective strategies to preserve their land and help their farms remain viable businesses for the benefit of
Stow residents and farmers for generations to come.
As part of our Save Stow’s Farms initiative, we would like to raise awareness of the importance of all of Stow’s farms.
Two current projects under this campaign are the permanent protection of the Carver Hill Orchard and Small Farm.
May 1, 2017 Annual Town Meeting Information
Purchase of Conservation Restrictions on Carver Hill Orchards and Small Farm
The Stow Conservation Commission and Stow
Conservation Trust are working in partnership
to protect two important Stow farms. Annual Town
Voters will be asked to consider the purchase
of permanent conservation restrictions on Carver
(Box Mill Road)
and Small Farm (Gleasondale Road) using
existing Community Preservation funds.
Conservation Restrictions are permanent legal restrictions
are recorded in the chain of title and
remove the development rights from a property, preserving
for agricultural and open space purposes.
The Trust will also be raising funds to
contribute to both projects.
For more information
and updates, visit the Town
of Stow website.
Carver Hill and small farm brochure
Stow Conservation Trust Looking for “Stew Crew”
The Stow Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers who like to get out and enjoy the outdoors. We’re putting together a Stewardship Crew who would regularly meet
on the same day (maybe Wednesdays and/or Saturdays) for a couple of hours each time and tackle whatever job needs to be done: trail maintenance, invasive species removal,
storm cleanup, etc. SCT owns seven properties in Stow and manages fourteen more so there’s always something that needs doing. In addition we’ve just had professional
foresters complete Forest Stewardship Plans for most of the properties we own, and they recommend we create some new trails and thin young tree growth to enhance the vitality
of the forests.
If you live near Hale/Corzine, Leggett,
Fieldstone, Red Acre, or any of SCT’s other properties, or if you’re
an outdoors person who needs a good reason to
regularly get outside, now is your chance
to help care for some of our beautiful
Stow conservation land. Please email email@example.com
or Dick Perkins 897-5297 to join
our “Stew Crew”, and thanks!
For our first Stew Crew we had a spectacularly successful event, with 10 people working to build the new Beech Tree Loop trail at Red Acre.
With that many people it took us less than two hours to complete. Don Rising led the group and here's a list of the others that showed up:
to the purchase of property on South Acton Road
In July, the Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) played an instrumental role in the permanent conservation of a small, but critically important, area of wooded upland
located off of South Acton Road.
Working in close partnership with the Town, SCT - through the extra generosity of its conservation-minded supporters -
was able to contribute $75,000 to help prevent the development of property owned formerly by the Brewer Family into one or more building sites.
By ensuring that this land remain as intact woodland, SCT and Town conservation interests have functionally linked the Captain Sargent Conservation Area
with other conserved land in the vicinity, enabled the creation of a high priority connector hiking trail on the land, and preserved the integrity of the current
unbroken natural view shed along South Acton Road.
Special thanks to all of those who provided funds to support that effort.
Get Outside and Take a Hike!
The Leggett Memorial Woodlands are a
great place to get out for a 1.2 mile
walk in the woods. The terrain is flat.
Newly expanded parking is available off
just past the intersection with
Legett Trail map
Our trail guides are available as maps and written trail descriptions
by downloading files from the Trail Guides page or purchase a booklet at the Town Offices in the Conservation Commission office.
photo from emedicinehealth.com
Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease
Unfortunately, the deer tick population is increasing in our area of
Massachusetts, not only out in the woods (where they are very prevalent)
but also in our yards, golf courses, and orchards.
Not all deer ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria, but some do. (They
need to pick up the bacteria from an infected host animal, typically
a white-footed mouse or chipmunk.) As a result, everyone in Stow, not just
hikers on our many, wonderful SCT trails,
needs to be informed about the hazards of deer ticks, how best to avoid
being "bitten," and what to do if you, a member of your family,
or your pet has been bitten.
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Let 2017 be your year
of involvement in SCT
Volunteer with SCT
Volunteer opportunities with SCT to help protect
our open space and rural character. Stow Conservation
Trust is a 100% volunteer organization. You can help
- Helping SCT have a presence on Facebook
- Publicity and sponsorship for the Run for the
- Development of a Nature Discovery Trail for toddlers
on the Leggett Property,
- Land and trail maintenance,
- Organizational needs…
Please contact Janet Moffat
at moffatjando at verizon.net
Like to get out in nature with your camera?
If you have a photo or photos you would like
to contribute for use on the header of this
page send an email to cortni.frecha at gmail
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January 21, 2017