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You may recognize this lovely landscape if you’ve spent time walking in Boxborough. Bucky Weaver (1950-2020) was a beloved Boxborough resident for more than 20 years, and could often be seen tending his garden on Hill Road. Though his passion for gardening was evident, few people knew he was also a talented and prolific painter. An exhibition […]
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Have you ever wanted to hike every mile of the trails in Boxborough? Now is your chance: earn bragging rights AND a patch or button for completing this challenge! Simply fill out this form with the dates that you’ve hiked, bring the completed form to the Sargent Memorial Library and we will give you your […]
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Our Annual Meeting began with a brief summary of activities of the BCTrust over the past year, and a vote by our members on the slate of Board members up for election. Our Keynote Speaker was Kristin O’Brien, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) Land Steward, who gave a presentation on how to manage invasive plants. Invasive […]
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Dr. Robert Gegear of UMass Dartmouth was our speaker via Zoom, giving participants a lot to think about in terms of what we can do to help protect native plant-pollinator biodiversity in our own backyards. For more information on contributing citizen science data on pollinators like rare species of bumblebees (via the Beecology project) and […]
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The Blanchard Memorial School 4th graders submitted artwork for the BCTrust’s annual art contest, with the theme: “Let it Grow.” All of the entries were beautiful, and are compiled in a coloring book that you can download below.
In 2018, SVT and the Harvard Conservation Trust successfully protected Horse Meadows Knoll, a beautiful 47 acres on the Harvard-Boxborough line. Now, the Boxborough Conservation Trust (BCTrust), with SVT’s assistance, has a chance to conserve the adjacent Elizabeth Brook Knoll, a lovely 15-acre property that sits on the Boxborough side of the line.
By protecting Elizabeth Brook Knoll, we’ll be able to extend the trail system from Horse Meadows Knoll and enable everyone to enjoy this lovely landscape.
Elizabeth Brook Knoll and Horse Meadows Knoll sit at the southern edge of what we call the “High Ridge.” This 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water. SVT and other conservation groups are working to protect these resources before they succumb to development pressure.
The conservation of Elizabeth Brook Knoll will further enhance both the recently conserved Horse Meadows Knoll and the Smith Property in Littleton at the north end of the High Ridge. All are important pieces of the effort to protect this sensitive area.
Can you help put the next piece of the puzzle in place by contributing to the protection of Elizabeth Brook Knoll?
BCTrust has secured an $84,000 state grant that puts a big dent in the $189,000 project cost, and a closing is scheduled for March 22. An additional $76,500 has been committed from other sources including the BCTrust, SVT, the Boxborough Conservation Commission, and the Fields Pond Foundation. But we still need to raise $30,000 to close the gap. With your support, we can reach our goal and protect this land.
The BCTrust is very excited to announce we’ve received a very competitive Conservation Partnership Grant award from the state to help acquire Elizabeth Brook Knoll, almost 16 acres of important woodland and habitat! However, the grant will only fund fifty percent of the purchase. Help close the gap by donating to the BCTrust.
BCTrust will have walks on the property after closing this spring. For the last 21 years, The BCTrust has been involved in protecting over 200 acres in Boxborough, land critical for water, air, wildlife and recreation. We need your help now!
This weekend! Download the free app iNaturalist on your phone, join the AB BioBlitz group, and start documenting every species you can find – in your own backyard and beyond!
Our partner, SVT, has scheduled three programs to highlight the special properties of the High Ridge area, coming up this fall. These will fill up fast, so please register soon! Explore Plant and Animal Habitats with SVT Land Steward Kristin O’Brien – Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard (October 4th, 10:00-11:30 am) Explore Oak Hill and Trophet […]
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