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.
PLEASE SUPPORT ARTICLE 2at 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, www.acton-ma.gov . Click here to get the complete warrant as a PDF file.
Click here for a map of the area, with the parcel highlighted.
CONSERVATION TRUST ANNUAL MEETING
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
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, email@example.com.
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'
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!
The Annual Meeting of the Acton Conservation Trust was held on Thursday, Feb.12, in the Acton Town Hall, Room 204.
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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.
The Annual Meeting of the Acton Conservation Trust was held on Tuesday, Feb.13, in the Acton Library meeting room.
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Wayne Petersen, Field Ornithologist from Mass Audubon, gave an entertaining and educational slide show on the changing patterns of bird populations in Massachusetts
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.
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: http://data.massgis.state.ma.us/Biodiversity
Questions? Contact Susan Mitchell-Hardt (978) 369-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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