Stow Conservation Trust Stow, Massachusetts
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
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Support SCT by becoming a Red Acre Woodlands Boardwalk Sponsor.
While no saying is too small, you can request up to three lines (in a space of 2"x 4") for a donation of $50.00. Download a request form here.
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18th Annual Run for the Woods
To Benefit the Stow Conservation Trust

Sunday, May 15, 2016, rain or shine

30 minutes earlier than last year

7:30 Registration opens
8:30 1 Mile Kid’s Run for 12 and under
9:20 5K Race Walk
9:30 5K Run and Recreational Walk
Location: Hale Middle School, 55 Hartley Rd, Stow, Massachusetts
Parking: Hale School, Center School, Stow Town Building, Common Road

Course: Police controlled course with gentle, rolling hills.
Scenery features farms, forests and residences.

Amenities: Professional timing, mid-point water station, indoor restrooms, first aid at fire station, post-race bagels, oranges, door prize and awards ceremony

Entry Fees: $30 5K Run or Walk/$15 Kid’s Run
$8 discount for pre-registrations received by May 13
$5 discount for Stow Conservation Trust members

*Kids 12 and under who register for the 5K Run may add registration for the Kid’s Run at no additional charge
*Donate an extra $25 to the Stow Conservation Trust with your entry and get a distinctive green race number

Online Registration at

For more information: email or call race director Aims Coney at 978-562-2805

Be a sponsor of the Run for the Woods - publicize your company and support the preservation of open space
Sponsorship Program 2016

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Tom Shepherd
Memorial Gifts

Tom Shepherd, our respected and beloved long-time Director and supporter died suddenly on March 19, 2016.  He had an unequaled record of success in protecting special places in Stow, helping to maintain the natural beauty of the community we all appreciate and love. Tom gets particular credit for leading the preservation of the Town Forest, Marble Hill, Red Acre Woodlands and the Hale-Corzine Property.

It seems most appropriate to have a fund for further land protection named in his honor.  We hope many people will want to remember Tom in this way.

Please make your tax deductible special gift to Stow Conservation Trust, Box 397, Stow, MA 01775, or here online and indicate that it is in memory of Tom Shepherd.

With great thanks in advance,
The Board of Directors
Stow Conservation Trust

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Haiku in the Woods
Wander the old cart path of Stow Conservation Trust’s Leggett property while enjoying Haikus written by Stow’s 3rd graders. The Haikus will be on trees starting on Saturday, May 14, as part of Springfest and continuing through the month of May. As part of the poetry unit taught by teachers Carol Johnson, Carol Duda, Laura Albano, Lisandra Flynn, and Elizabeth Messina, the third graders have written Haikus in tribute to the nature found in the preserved land of Stow. Each Haiku is unique and the trail of Haikus make for a wonderful addition to the forested land.

Enjoy the newly expanded parking area of the Leggett property on Whitman Road just off Gleasondale. The trails have been cared for by Mike Spencer of Spencer Horticulture and are widened. Please be attentive to ticks that are in the woods by staying on the trail, wearing protective clothing and checking for ticks after the walk. With the recent rains, some of the trail is a little muddy so plan accordingly.

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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 or call Eve Donahue 897-3724
or Dick Perkins 897-5297 to join our “Stew Crew”, and thanks!

stewardship volunteers who turned out to make a new loop trail at Red Acre Woodlands, Stow, MA 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:

Clif Smith
Cliff Sharin
Bill Wachur
Bill Werner
Bill Hunt
Jack Zettler
Greg Jackson
Craig Michaelson
Eve Donahue

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SCT contributes
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.
Trailhead at Legett Woods

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 Whitman Street, just past the intersection with Rte 62.

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.

chart of tick images showing black legged (deer) ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks
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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 2016 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 with:

  • Helping SCT have a presence on Facebook
  • Publicity and sponsorship for the Run for the Woods,
  • 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
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