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.
Potluck dinner, harvest theme, annual meeting of Stow Conservation Trust

SCT Annual Meeting

6:00-9:00pm on Saturday, November 14, 2015
Stow (Old) Town Hall
Potluck Dinner ­ come meet/share!

To coordinate item to bring: main dish, salad, dessert, call Donna Beusch @ 978-897-7920
· Guest Speaker Jeff Collins (Mass Audubon) “Functioning Land: Conservation and Stewardship to Maintain Natural Processes”
· Notice: A vote will be taken on by-law amendments:
1) Increase the number of directors from 11 to 12
2) Provide for e-mail notice of member meetings
3) Eliminate “by ballot” in Article IV

Three people cutting ribbon to signify opening of new land use in the woods
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 and the trails were recently cleared. 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 2015 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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