The Heron is Out!

Posted March 5th, 2013 in News by Charles Radville

The Heron # 28 Spring 2013 is up on the site, in case you can’t wait for your mailed copy

Supplement to Global Warming Article

Posted March 5th, 2013 in Conservation by Charles Radville

The following list links to a set of PDF’s supporting the topics discussed in the article “Land Preservation and Global Warming” in the Heron #28, Spring 2013.

Hope you enjoy them.

Trapped Energy

Earth’s History

Earth’s Atmosphere

Mechanism of Trapping Energy

Carbon Dioxide Equivalent

48 ton number

Conservation land in Mattapoisett

Model of Impact on Carbon Footprint

Calculation of Impact on Carbon Footprint



Winter Event to Honor MLT Volunteers

Posted February 28th, 2013 in Event, Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Postponed due to weather
There’s still time to RSVP!
Saturday, March 9
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Reynard Hall
Mattapoisett Congregational Church
7 Church Street
Suggested donation: $15
Light meal and refreshments
Entertainment will be provided the Mike Bliss Quartet from Old Rochester Regional High School.
phone: (leave message) 774-377-9191

An Open Space Opportunity

Posted February 17th, 2013 in Conservation, Event, News by Charles Radville

We don’t have a major land acquisition currently in negotiation, but we believe that all of our members and friends should be aware of an important land protection effort that will be part of the Town Meeting warrant this May. We hope that you will take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the project and that you will attend Town Meeting to add your voice and vote in favor.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition has worked on the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project for the past couple of years and they are now trying to finalize the funding for the project. The project will protect nearly 400 acres of farmland, forest and coastal wetlands in Mattapoisett and Fairhaven: 263 acres in Mattapoisett and 135 acres in Fairhaven. The Coalition will hold a conservation restriction (CR) on the farm fields to prevent their future development, but ownership of the other acreage will go the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation or to the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission.

This is a very large deal valued at $6 million. The Coalition has done a remarkable job lining up state and federal sources of funds but they are asking the two communities involved to each contribute $200,000 (3.3%) for the closing in December. The Coalition is also intending to raise $150,000 from private sources which will likely include a donation from the Land Trust. We have not yet determined the size of our contribution.

We are not yet certain as to the exact nature of the funding request that will be included in the Town Meeting warrant in May but we ask you to watch for announcements and check the Town’s, as well as the MLT’s, website. We have also posted MORE INFORMATION (PDF) about the project on our website, including maps, so that you can see how it complements other land protection efforts in the area. Thank you in advance for helping with this important land protection effort. We hope to see you at Town Meeting.


Posted January 30th, 2013 in News by Charles Radville

Since the Pell Grant Award has been eliminated and student loan debt increases, the new generation of America’s college bound students is even more dependent on private foundations and financial aid to cover their college costs.

For the fourth year in a row, the Mattapoisett Land Trust will select a qualifying candidate for the $1000.00 Blanche B. Perry Scholarship Award. This award is available to a Mattapoisett resident senior graduating by June 2013, from secondary school and 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 as a PDF.

Schools participating 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 23, 2013

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 16, 2013 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 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:

Scholarship Application Form (PDF)