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Attleboro Land Trust
Helping to Protect Our Own Backyard
Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA

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Welcome

The Attleboro Land Trust is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping Attleboro green.

Lands under our protection as of June 29, 2017: 490 acres owned; 200 acres restricted; 690 acres total.
 

Join us! Support us!

Membership dues of $25 or donations in any amount may be made online to the Attleboro Land Trust at PayPal.

 
 

You don't need a PayPal account--
just a credit card.

 
  Other ways to get involved are by mail or email.  


Site Stewards Wanted

A site steward is a volunteer who "adopts" one of the Attleboro Land Trust nature preserves, individually or with a group, such as a group of neighbors, church group, youth group, or fraternal organization.

Duties of a site steward:

  • Walk the property on a regular basis
  • Pick up litter
  • Report vandalism
  • Help with routine trail maintenance
  • Assist with special projects

If you are interested, contact us.

 

 

 

Annual Meeting Announcement

The Attleboro Land Trust will hold it's 27th Annual Meeting on October 17th, at the Attleboro Art Museum. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Betsey Dyer, a professor of Biology at Wheaton College in Norton.

Part of Prof Dyer's talk will help the audience appreciate the Land Trust's role in maintaining biodiveristy, explaining how our holdings contribute greatly to the overall ecological health of our region and the world.

Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.


 

Progress Update: Richardson Nature Preserve

 

 

The Land Trust is currently in the midst of a four-pronged effort to make the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve ready for recreational use by visitors. The overall project, being managed by property management commitee co-chair Charlie Adler, consists of four sub-projects: construction of a parking lot, development of a loop trail with boardwalks, improvements to the exterior of the Barrows House, and restoration of the hay fields. A combination of volunteer turnout and the support of local businesses is making the work possible.

We are now in the vendor selection phase for construction of the parking lot. An initial 1 mile loop of trail has been cleared with the help from many volunteers. The boardwalks are in the process of being constructed by volunteers from Sensata Technologies, through the United Way Days of Caring Program.

Work has began on the Barrows House to protect the stucture from weather. This included replacement of decaying structure, weatherproofing, and painting. Areas within the properties expansive hayfield is being mowed regularly.

We once thought we would be ready for a Grand Opening this fall. We are now looking at next spring and will keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to visit the property at times when construction is not in progress. Just be aware that the trails are not yet marked or completed, and watch out for poison ivy.


 

A New Land Donation

 

In June, the Attleboro Land Trust received 36 acres of conservation land as a gift from Donald DesVergnes, Roger G. DesVergnes, and Marette & Sons, Inc. The land, to be named the DesVergnes Family Nature Preserve, is in two parcels located east of Lindsey Street. The larger of the two parcels (26 acres) has frontage on Lindsey Street and consists of undeveloped land between residential areas on Roadway A, Roadway B, and Colt's Way. The smaller parcel (10 acres) lies between a residential area on Kennedy Drive and the Mansfield line. A utility easement allows power lines to cross the parcel. Future plans for the property include walking trails on the larger parcel off Lindsey Street. We are grateful to the DesVergnes family for this generous gift, which brings the total acreage protected by the Attleboro Land Trust in the city to 690 acres (490 owned and 200 under conservation restrictions which we hold)..


 

Community Garden News

 

Photo and Article Submitted by Juliet Teixeira, Community Garden Coordinator

 

The Attleboro Area Community Garden continues to be a hidden gem in Attleboro. All 62 plots, including 8 accessible plots, were leased out by the Garden Opening Day in early April. On June 28th, over 30 giggling adults and children helped release 9,000 ladybugs into the Garden. The educational and fun event was sponsored and presented by Bloom Gardening for Good. Gardeners and their families and friends learned about good bugs and bad bugs ladybugs help keep the aphid population down.

Despite a late start to the growing season due to cool and wet weather during the spring, the Garden held Harvest Day events on July 29th and August 26th. On these days, gardeners gathered several boxes of fresh produce from their plots which were then donated to the nearby Hebron Food Pantry. Souza Family Farm in Rehoboth took part in the July Harvest Day and donated 2 bushels of summer squash.

The Community Garden is looking forward to a few enhancements over the next months. Garden committee members have been working with Eagle Scout candidate Cameron Griswold who is planning to build a rest area between the Garden and the 10-mile River. This will allow gardeners as well the general public to be able to sit and rest while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Cameron is also building a kiosk for the Community Garden to allow for posting of garden news and resources as well as information on local food pantries. Students at Attleboro High School are building a shed for the garden. The materials are being paid for by a grant the Garden received last year from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

The Community Garden is not only a place for gardeners who have plots to enjoy, area residents frequently walk through the garden with their families looking at what is being grown in each of the plots and looking for ideas for their home gardeners.

 

The Attleboro Community Garden was started in 1998 by a group of local citizens to promote harmony among people from different cultures and backgrounds. The garden has been supported by an ongoing partnership between the Attleboro Land Trust and the City of Attleboro.


Mobile Users:

Trail maps for our properties available here.


Tick Alert:

Follow recommended precautions to protect yourself from tick-born diseases.


Coming Events

Fall Property Clean-up
  Saturday, Oct 14, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Help clear trails and pick up trash at the Anthony Lawrence Wildlife Preserve (meet at the end of Hope Avenue off Newport Avenue). Bring brush pruning tools and wear work gloves if you have them. Trash bags will be provided.

27th Annual Land Trust Meeting
  Tuesday, Oct 17, 7:00 pm

Our yearly event, held at the Attleboro Arts Museum, will feature a talk on the importance of maintaining biodiversity presented by Dr. Betsey Dexter Dyer. Event is open to the public and refreshments will be offered.

Fall Property Clean-up
  Saturday, Oct 21, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Help clear trails and pick up trash at the Colman Reservation and Vaughan Memorial Forest (meet at the parking lot on Steere Street). Bring brush pruning tools and wear work gloves if you have them. Trash bags will be provided.


Thank you to our supporters

The Attleboro Land Trust received an unprecedented amount of financial support in 2016. Listed below are donations of $250 or more, whether for our general fund or specifically for the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve. We thank everyone who contributed any amount large or small in support of our conservation mission. Donors whose contributions to the Richardson Preserve total $2500 or more will be recognized on a sign to be erected at the Preserve.

2016 Corporate, Foundation, and Public Support

250,000+           

      Commonwealth of Massachusetts

75,000+             

      Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation

50,000+             

      Bafflin Foundation

10,000+             

      Fields Pond Foundation, Inc.

      Roddy Holden Kintzel Charitable Fund

      Greenwood Emergency Vehicles

2,500+

      Lewis & Sullivan, P.C.

1,000+

      PEP Industries

      Sensata Technologies, Inc.

500+   

      Biogen Idec Foundation

      Briggs Garden and Home

      Marsh & McLennan Companies

      Murray Unitarian Universalist Church

      Reeves Company

250+   

      Gilmore Insurance

      Plymouth Rock Foundation

  

Individual Donors

750,000+           

      Thomas and Stephen Richardson

10,000+             

      Ted and Debby Leach

5,000+

      John Carroll and Midge Gordon

      Bob and Pam Faulkner

      Don and Laura Ouellette

1,000+

      James W. Duffy

      Tom and Anne Marie Enderby

      Fredric J. Hammerle

      Richard Harris

      Ray Larson

      Michael and Patricia Murphy

      Gretchen Reilly

      Hans Schaefer and Sarah Mott

500+   

      William and Donna Lewis

      Curt and Pat Ley

      Mimi and Hugh Mason

      Anne and Mike Newquist

      Charles and Rosalind Wyman

250+   

      Charlie Adler and Barbara Clark

      Denise Antaya and Clif Ennis

      Roy Belcher and Bertha Young

      Philip and Karen Boucher

      Jason and Leah Burby

      Laurel and Leigh Carlson

      Jason Case

      Nancy DiPadua

      Ruth Gower

      Gerry and Kathy Hickman

      Allen Knowles and Sally Cobb

      Garner and Marilyn LeStage

      Tim and Gloria McGinn

      Steven P. Reynolds

      David and Karen Scanlan

      Christopher Smith

      Betsy Whitfield

      Frank Wojciechowski

 


Local Links

Check out these links for more local green events and activities...

Attleboro Area Community Garden

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 


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