Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Cleanup

Posted April 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Please join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 as Mattapoisett Land Trust Volunteers meet at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Parking Lot at 9 AM to clean up the trails and beaches of this Property. Children are welcome if accompanied by a Parent or Guardian.

UMass Dartmouth Engineering Students working with MLT

Posted March 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Six students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth presently are working on two projects with the Land Trust. The first project involves field survey work and technical research to help us determine the best way to repair areas of erosion in the lawn and gardens along the top of the seawall at the Munro Preserve. The students’ efforts will result in an application before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for authorization to proceed with the needed maintenance. We hope the repairs can be completed before the summer season begins.
The second project involves field work and both technical and economic research to determine the possible costs and benefits of a restored pond behind the stone and earthen dam at the Dexter Mill Preserve. The Dexter Mill project will result in a preliminary feasibility study of the regulatory, environmental and economic ramifications of allowing a pond to form once again behind the dam. As part of this work the students will evaluate the possibility of a small hydroelectric generation unit at the dam.
Both projects are being completed as part of a civil engineering course for seniors taught by Professor Heather Miller, a Mattapoisett resident and MLT supporter. Doug Schneider, a professional civil engineer in Mattapoisett who has worked for many years with MLT, is providing advice to the students as well. We extend our sincere thanks to Professor Miller, Mr. Schneider and the six students working with us. Both projects will be finished by May, and the students will present their results at MLT’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 10th. We also will provide a summary of the students’ results in the Fall-Winter 2014 issue of The Heron.

Walk at Olde Field Farm

Posted February 20th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

On Sunday, February 23, at 2:00 pm, the public is invited to join the Mattapoisett Land Trust (MLT) and the Rochester Land Trust (RLT) as they hold a joint walk on MLT’s Olde Field Farm property located just west of 232 New Bedford Road.

Edith and Elliott Shoolman donated this property to MLT prior to RLT’s creation so that the fields and woods could remain wild as a sanctuary for the birds they loved. The house and barns are now private property and a local farmer maintains the fields in season.

Winter is a wonderful time to hike across the main field to walk the relatively flat trail through pinewoods and into the frozen swampy land that abuts the Mattapoisett River.

Folks should dress for the weather of the day, as the hike will go on rain, shine, sleet or snow! Participants may see tracks of deer, fox, coyote, or squirrel. Many wintering birds may be seen or heard in the woods or along the field edges.

This is the second in a series of walks sponsored by RLT to highlight properties included in their booklet, Explore Rochester. The booklet, now in its second printing, was a joint effort of the RLT and the Rochester Conservation Commission’s Open Space Action Committee. Copies of the booklet are available at the Town Hall Annex and will also be available on the day of the walk. So come out and enjoy a walk in the woods with fellow naturalists!


Posted January 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Whether you are looking in the field of technology, biology and or environmental education your career pursuit will  require support and that is why for the fifth year in a row, The Mattapoisett Land Trust is looking to select a qualifying candidate for the $1000.00 “Blanche B. Perry Scholarship Award. This award is available to a resident senior graduating by June 2014 from secondary school pursuing an education in the sciences and or environmental studies or a related field.
The scholarship is made available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund, a bequest left to provide support for children in the community. The scholarship is consistent with the Mattapoisett Land Trust mission “of preserving land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors and of furthering environmental education in the community”.

Along with the application, the following additional information is required:
1.  A Personal Statement about career goals as they relate to the mission of the MLT, past and present.
2.  A signed Community Service Form documenting a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
3.  Professional letter of reference (teacher or guidance counselor)
4.  A Character letter of reference from an employer, scout or community leader and or neighbor is required.
5.  Official school transcript including credits and class rank.
The application forms will be found in the guidance offices at the local public and private schools or at the Mattapoisett Land Trust website,

Participating School are:

1.  ORRHS Marion Road, Mattapoisett 02739
2.  Bishop Stang High School 500 Slocum Rd, N Dartmouth 02747
3.  OCRVT High School 476 North Avenue, Rochester MA 02770
4.  Tabor Academy Front St Marion, MA 02738

The deadline for submitting the forms will be April 24, 2014
Applicants will be assessed according to academic achievement, pursuit of education in the sciences, and or environmental studies or a related field, personal statement, professional and personal references, community service, and financial need. Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the Mattapoisett Land Trust or whose parents or grandparents are members of the MLT.


The recipient will be selected by May 18, 2014 and will be notified by mail. The recipient will be recognized at his or her school’s awards ceremony. The award will be disbursed after the student submits an official college transcript documenting a successful completion of his or her first semester in college to the President of the Mattapoisett Land Trust.
For more information contact the MLT at:

Mattapoisett Land Trust
ATTN: Education Committee
P.O. Box 31
Mattapoisett, MA 02739

or by email at:

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Posted January 23rd, 2014 in News by Charles Radville

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