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Join us for our Annual Meeting: Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00pm

Our Annual Meeting will begin 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 is Kristin O’Brien, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) Land Steward, who will give a presentation on how to manage invasive […]
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BCTrust’s Fall Meeting, November 12, 2020 was a great success!

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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BCTrust Newsletter May 2020

Congratulations to the winners of BCTrust’s 4th Grade Art Contest!

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.

Sudbury Valley Trustees’ fall programming to support the High Ridge Initiative

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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Saving Elizabeth Brook Knoll

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.

Please donate today: www.svtweb.org/ebk  or www.bctrust.org/donate

Annual Meeting: Eyes On Owls

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A grant award for Elizabeth Brook Knoll!

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!

Doug Harris: Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape Talk

The Boxborough Conservation Trust is pleased to present Doug Harris, the Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe, who will explain the significance of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape in the region. Through Mr. Harris’s expertise as preservationist for ceremonial landscapes, he will further our understanding on how to protect these cultural resources.

Tuesday, December 4th at 7P at Boxborough’s Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, Boxborough. Light refreshments will be provided.

BCTrust Walk on the Hager Land

Anne Gardulski, PhD, will lead a walk for the Boxborough Conservation Trust (BCTrust) on Saturday November 17th at 10AM on the Hager Land (behind the Sargent Memorial Library) to explore the geologic features of this glacial drumlin. A Boxborough resident, Anne Gardulski is the Chair of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Associate Professor of Geology at Tufts University.

Meet in the parking lot of the Sargent Memorial Library (427 Massachusetts Ave, Boxborough). Rain date, if needed, will be Sunday, November 18th at 1PM and any changes or cancellations will be posted to the BCTrust’s website and on Facebook by 8AM on November 17th.