Stow Conservation Trust
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
Managing Our Forests for Birds and Broader Conservation Goals
April 20th, 2019, Randall Library (upstairs) at 3:30 p.m.
Stow’s forested lands provide great scenery, recreation, wildlife habitat, and forest products but they also face challenges from storms, pests and over use. We have the opportunity and ability to manage forests to bolster bird populations that need our woodlands for food, cover and breeding habitat while contributing to other conservation goals.
Jeff Ritterson is a Stow resident and Field
Ornithologist at Mass Audubon, where his
focus is on working landscapes and forest
management, including the coordination of
the Foresters for the Birds program. Originally
hailing from Delaware, Jeff attended grad
school at UMass Amherst, and remained in
Massachusetts for the vibrant conservation
community and magnificent forests. And his
For more information go to NorthernWoodlands.org
or download and read this pamphlet.
Town of Stow Awarded $275,000 for Carver Hill Orchard Protection
The Stow Conservation Commission and Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) are ecstatic to announce that the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs has just awarded the Town of Stow’s Conservation Commission a $275,000 grant toward the protection of Carver Hill Orchard. These funds have been made available through the state LAND grant program, which helps cities and towns acquire land for conservation and passive recreation purposes.
This grant, combined with Community Preservation Funds approved by Stow Town Meeting in May 2017, more than $300,000 in individual and foundation gifts raised through SCT’s Save Stow’s Farms initiative, and a generous discount from the Lord family, completes fundraising for the Carver Hill Orchard protection effort. The permanent Conservation Restriction protecting Carver Hill is expected to be finalized in June 2018.
Bob Wilber, President of Stow Conservation Trust, expressed thanks on behalf of SCT to the hundreds of residents of Stow and beyond who contributed to this success, and noted that the Trust’s efforts to protect Stow’s important working farms will continue through the Save Stow’s Farms initiative. Kathy Sferra, Stow Conservation Coordinator, who received the call from EOEA officials this week, said it was the best news the effort could have hoped for.
“This was our bottom of the 9th inning, grand slam home run,” said Sferra.
An event celebrating Carver Hill’s protection will occur in early summer 2018.
For more information contact: Kathy Sferra, Stow Conservation Coordinator, 978-897-8615
Bob Wilber, President, Stow Conservation Trust, 781-259-2155
“Stew Crew” Year Three
Our Stew Crew consists of Stow residents who enjoy the outdoors and are enthusiastic about keeping it in good condition for others to also enjoy.
We spend a lot of time creating and maintaining trails, thinning overgrown forests, and clearing invasives from our conservation areas,
following the advice and recommendations of our official Forest Management Plans for each of our properties. This year we built two new trails
at Red Acre Woodlands, re-routed a trail out of a wet area on Whitney Field, cleared invasive garlic mustard at Leggett, and created a loop trail
on our newest property, the Shepherd Memorial Woodlands, adjacent to Captain Sargent.
Thanks to all who participate!
If you want to join the Crew, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Let 2019 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
- Fundraising for Save Stow Farms Initiative
- 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
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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.
Read article by Allan Fierce
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February 22, 2019
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