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Annual Meeting Remarks
(Review of ACT for the
prior year)

ACT Presentations Update on ACT to Board of Selectmen 11/2010
Presentation to the Acton Board of Selectmen on the Cost of Conservation Restrictions

ACT Trail Walks
Morrison Farm Walk, May 7, 2016
Walk of Whitcomb Land, January 31, 2016
Walk of Caouette Farmland led by Paul Simeone, May 2015
Walk of Arboretum and Wood Lane Land October 2014
Pictures from the 8th Annual Whitcomb Land Walk, February 2, 2014
Pictures from October 2013 Walk of Wright Hill
Pictures from the Caouette Farmland Walk  May 18, 2013
Winter Walk of Whitcomb Land January 2013
Pictures from the  October 28, 2012  Nashoba Brook Walk:
Trail Through Time Part II

Winter Walk of the Whitcomb Land January 2012
Winter Walk of the Whitcomb Land January, 2011
Walk of Caouette Farm Land Led by Clare Siska May, 2012
Walk of the Caouette Farm Land led by Selectman Mike Gowing  April, 2011
Walk of Nashoba Brook Mill Site, led by Linda McElroy  October, 2011
Annual Meetings
2015 - Rick Roth, the "Creature Teacher"
2014 - Russ Cohen "Edible Acton"
2013 - Tom Wansleben:  "Owls of New England"
2012 - Michael Tougas "400 Miles down the Connecticut River"
2011 - Roger Tetreault "Hiking the Appalachian Trail"
2010 - Marion Stoddard "How One Person Can Make a Difference: The Story of the Clean Up of the Nashua River"
2009 - Patricia Huckery "Why Manage the Wild Deer Population?"
2008 - John Hanson Mitchell "Who Ows the Land?"

2007 - Henry D. Thoreau "Walking"

Conservation Links

Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
An Association of Massachusetts Land Trusts and Conservation Organizations
Land Trust Alliance
Supporting Land Trusts throughout the country.
Trust for Public Lands
TPL helps preserve land throughout Massachusetts.
The Trustees of Reservations
Local conservation organization
Acton Land Stewardship Committee
Maintains Acton conservation lands
Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety
Watchdogs for Acton's Environment
Green Acton
Advocating for sustainable environmental choices in Acton
Acton Boxborough Farmers Market
Sundays, July through November. Support local food, meet your neighbors

News Archive


ACTON CONSERVATION TRUST ANNUAL MEETING Sunday, April 5, 2009, 7:30 PM to 9 PM Acton Town Hall, Rm 204

"Why Manage the Wild Deer Population?"

A family of deer on the edge of a field at dusk is a lovely sight...but is it possible that there are too many deer in our area? Patricia Huckery, will share the recent experience of several towns in dealing successfully with this timely issue. She will explain how by working together, public and private land owners can prevent problems, such as forests which cannot regenerate, excessive deer tick incidence, car accidents, and damage to farms and gardens. She will also address, the question of feeding deer during the winter, and how high numbers of deer can affect rare and endangered plants and animals.

Please join us and bring a friend! For more information contact Susan Mitchell-Hardt, 978-369-9264.



at Special Town Meeting

Thursday, 10/2/2008, 7 PM, ABRHS Upper Gym Fieldhouse

On October 2 at the Special Town Meeting, the citizens of Acton will have a rare opportunity to augment the protected land in the Great Hill Conservation Area.  Warrant Article 2 proposes to allocate $730,000 from the Community Preservation Open Space Set-Aside to purchase 5.5 acres abutting Great Hill along with an historic house on the property.  A Preservation Restriction will be placed on the house; it will subsequently be sold with a conservation-restricted lot, thereby greatly reducing the total cost of the project.

The Acton Conservation Trust (ACT), which initiated this project with the owner as part of its program of identifying large parcels of open space, strongly supports this proposal.  The purchase of these lands will protect the public foot trail and increase the total acreage of one  of Acton�s finest, and most heavily used conservation areas.  This land has superb wildlife and natural environment values and will contribute to the passive recreational value of Great Hill.  Unlike most remaining land in Town, this parcel is 100% upland, making it easy to develop should it not be preserved.

It is also an ideal use of Community Preservation funds, as both the land and the historic house will be preserved, as required by the CPA.  Since it will be funded from the CPA, the dollars used will already have 100% State matching funds included.  This fact along with the re-sale monies will ultimately make the net cost very reasonable.

We hope you will join ACT and the Open Space Committee in supporting this wise and prudent purchase.

The Warrant for this Special Town Meeting is posted in the Acton Town Hall, Memorial
Library, Post Offices, etc.  Printed copies will be delivered to residences by U.S. Mail.  It is also available from the town website, .  Click here to get the complete warrant as a PDF file.

Click here for a map of the area, with the parcel highlighted.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 7:30 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
164 Newtown Road

ACT Annual Meeting Special Guest Speaker: John Hanson Mitchell

Who Owns the Land?

We had a wonderful night with local author John Hanson Mitchell.  He is one of the most intriguing, original nature writers alive.  John addressed the evolution of land trusts (such as ACT)  and the changing legal patterns of private ownership and public land.

Heath Hen Meadow Brook Conservation Vision - A big step forward

See the press release on our land purchase


 Henry D. Thoreau To Speak At Acton Conservation Trust Annual Meeting

Mr. Thoreau will speak to ACT on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road, 7:30 PM after a brief business portion of the meeting (Refreshments will be served).

All ACT Members, their guests, and others are invited to join us for a night with Mr. Thoreau  (aka Richard Smith of the Concord Museum), who will comment on his observations while walking through Acton and will read from "Walking".  He will answer questions in character and then break character to answer additional questions.  Please join us and bring a friend!   The entertainment will follow the brief business portion of the meeting.  For more information, contact Susan-Mitchell-Hardt at 978-369-9264

The Acton Conservation Trust Presents

The ACT Annual Meeting and "Camera in the Woods"

Sunday, April 2, 2006
7:30 pm - 9 pm
Acton Town Hall, Room 204 

Want to learn more about the secret lives of your neighbors? ACT will feature a slide show by a noted local naturalist, author, and Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, Ron McAdow.

Following a brief business meeting, Mr. McAdow will introduce his program by telling us a little bit about the differences between a regional land trust and a local land trust and how they complement each other before getting into the meat of his show..."The Wildlife Trails Education Project," aka "The Camera in the Woods." Yes, the wild neighbors we are talking about include bobcat, fisher and coyote. Come see what they are up to when they think we aren't watching. This program is open to the public and we encourage you to bring your children. Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Susan Mitchell-Hardt,

The Acton Conservation Trust is proud to co-sponsor

2005 Annual Meeting -- March 6th, 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Acton Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Room 204

  • Linda McElroy and Bob Guba, who created and sustained the Land Stewardship Committee through its first 10 years, were honored with the Acton Conservation Volunteer Award for 2005

Guest Speaker: Michael Tougias

Topic: Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide

The program featured the demise of the "lost towns" flooded to create the Quabbin, the construction of the massive reservoir, and how the Quabbin works today. In addition Tougias took the audience on a natural history tour of the Quabbin and surrounding area with suggestions for day trips.

Tougias' slides included before and after images of the lost towns, workers building the dams and aqueduct, the grand opening of the reservoir, wildlife of the Quabbin, unique natural places, and favorite trails and entrance gates. Tougias also discussed three fascinating events from the region he calls "forgotten history" as well as a couple of surprise findings. For more information, visit Tougias' website,

Annual West Acton OctoberFest, Saturday Oct. 1.

The Acton Conservation Trust had a membership table and conservation information available at this popular festival. It was great to see so may of you there!

2004 Annual Meeting -- February 12th

The Annual Meeting of the Acton Conservation Trust was held on Thursday, Feb.12, in the Acton Town Hall, Room 204.

Business Meeting 
Public Meeting and Presentation

The board was proud to present the first "Acton Conservation Volunteer" Award to Carol Holley, who has done so much for Acton's environment over the years. 

We were delighted to have as our guest speaker this year, Mr. Jack Clark, Advocacy Director for Massachusetts Audubon Society. He talked about Mass Audubon's latest report, "Losing Ground - at What Cost?" on the impact of the loss of open space to development.


2003 Annual Meeting -- February 14th

The Annual Meeting of the Acton Conservation Trust was held on Tuesday, Feb.13, in the Acton Library meeting room. 

Business Meeting 
Public Meeting and Presentation

Wayne Petersen, Field Ornithologist from Mass Audubon, gave an entertaining and educational slide show on the changing patterns of bird populations in Massachusetts

2002 - Third Annual Educational Forum -- October 18th

On Thursday, Oct. 18th, the Acton Conservation Trust held its third annual Educational Forum.

The forum topic was: "The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act: Will it work for Acton?".

A diverse and expert panel focused on the legislative background, the technical procedures, and the practical issues surrounding the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Panelists included: State Senator, Pam Resor, James Hellen from the Executive office of Environmental Affairs, John Murray, Treasurer and tax collector for Acton, and two representatives from neighboring towns.

2002 Biodiversity Days

On June 8 - 10, 2002, ACT and the Acton Conservation Commission once again joined other towns across the state for Biodiversity Day.  

We call on both amateur and professional naturalists in Acton to join us for a series of nature walks and biological surveys.  Last year, we found over 300 species of plants, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals in Acton.  A variety of habitats were explored (including some very deep, wet bogs!) and species uncovered.  This effort was part of the statewide Biodiversity Days program designed to develop local inventories of common and uncommon plant and animal species.  The goal was to find at least 200 species of wild flora or fauna in our backyards, neighborhoods, conservation areas, and waterways.  

To view last years report and the statewide efforts, log on to:

Questions? Contact Susan Mitchell-Hardt (978) 369-9264 or 

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