Mattapoisett Land Trust Scholarship Winner!

Posted May 19th, 2011 in News by Charles Radville

It is with great pleasure that Mattapoisett Land Trust announces the winner of the Blanche B. Perry Scholarship award, for the academic year beginning September 2011. The candidate of choice is Jonathan Wilbur of Mattapoisett Neck Road son of Susan and William Wilbur, and grandson of Rachel Wilbur and the late William Wilbur and Liz and William Field long time supporters of the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

The Mattapoisett Land Trust makes this scholarship contribution available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund a bequest left to Land Trust. The mission of the Land Trust is to preserve land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors.

In his research project on the importance of protecting a salt marsh, Jonathan informs us and quotes his grandfather, Mr. Field, that the “salt marsh is the nursing home of the wild. The marsh gives protection and nutrients to a variety of animals.” Jonathan’s goal is to keep the earth safe. He will be pursuing his academics in the field of environmental protection at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Congratulations to Jonathan Wilbur, Old Rochester Regional High School 2011 graduate.

Mattapoisett Land Trust Annual Meeting Announcement

Posted May 6th, 2011 in Annual Meeting, Event by Charles Radville

Mattapoisett Land Trust Annual Meeting Announcement

Friends’ Meeting House
Saturday, May 21, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Take a Hike!
Your choice of 2 walks: check out the Hiller Trail with the Buckley Bridge or get a tour of our latest acquisition project, the Brownell parcel. Spring wildflowers are an extra treat.

12:00 noon
Pot-luck Lunch at the Friends’ Meeting House
Bring a main dish or salad to share. The MLT will provide beverages and dessert.

12:45 p.m.
Annual Meeting of the MLT at the Friends’ Meeting House
Review of the year’s activities and annual election of the Board of Directors and Officers.

1:00 p.m.
Ospreys- A Success Story!
Becky Cushing, Osprey Project Manager for Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in Dartmouth will tell us about their successful Osprey restoration efforts in Westport and Dartmouth and how we might encourage the nesting of these beautiful raptors in Mattapoisett.

Children and non-members are welcome.

Come early and take a hike, or try your hand at Kubb, the Viking lawn game.  Bring your friends and enjoy this year’s “Osprey Experience”

We preserve land to enrich the quality of life for present and future
generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors.



Your support for Brownell Parcel purchase is critical!

Posted April 18th, 2011 in News by Charles Radville
Brownell property 8x11 300x231 Your support for Brownell Parcel purchase is critical!

Map courtesy of Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (click to view full size)

In 2009 we announced that we had an agreement to acquire the 40-acre Dunn Preserve along Old Slough Road north of Angelica Avenue and Pine Island Pond.

With your help we were able to close on the property in June of last year.

In 2010 we were contacted by Linda Brownell to determine whether or not we would be interested in acquiring the 49-acre parcel which lies between the Old Jenny Farm and the Martocci Preserve. Given its location between two of our existing properties we were, of course, interested.

This land is designated as a “Supporting Natural Landscape” by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program for the most environmentally sensitive and important “Core Habitat” of Pine Island Pond.

We conducted a tour of this parcel in February of this year.

This parcel fits like a puzzle piece into our preservation map (see image), and will allow extension and additions to our trail system. An existing trail runs roughly parallel to the existing Hiller Trail on the adjacent Martocci Preserve, and passes a large blueberry orchard used in the past by the Brownells.

We signed a purchase and sale agreement in  September 2010 committing us to purchase the parcel this coming June.

You can assist in the purchase of this critical property by preserving one of the approximately 1500 blueberry bushes for $100, or making any other donation:

  • by accessing our  secure DONATE page and making a specific note about the Brownell purchase in the “memorial” area 
  • by contacting us at
  • by mailing a check with a note about this purchase to the Mattapoisett Land Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
  • by donating securities (contact Edward Jones Investments, Attn. Ron Ellis, 53 County Rd. Mattapoisett, MA 02739)

Thank you for your interest and support!

Invasive and prohibited plants in N.E.

Posted March 2nd, 2011 in Conservation, News by Charles Radville

A PDF publication from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is available listing prohibited and invasive plants.

Read more in this Spring’s upcoming issue of The Heron.

Fish and Game Bio Map sheds light on Core Habitats

Posted February 24th, 2011 in Conservation, News by Charles Radville

Here is a map generated by Mass. Dept of Fish and Game’s BioMap interactive online system. It identifies the core and critical areas surrounding the Brownell Parcel we hope to purchase in June.near bowman parcel1 Fish and Game Bio Map sheds light on Core Habitats

The following is copied from the DFG site’s description of  the critical areas in the landscape.

Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape often overlap. Together they identify 2.1 million acres that are key to conserving our state’s biodiversity. Currently, 1.2 million of these acres remain unprotected.

Core Habitat totals 1.2 million acres, of which 680,000 acres remain unprotected.

Core Habitat includes:

  • Habitats for rare, vulnerable, or uncommon mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, invertebrate, and plant species
  • Priority Natural Communities
  • High quality wetland, vernal pool, aquatic, and coastal habitats
  • Intact forest ecosystems

Critical Natural Landscape totals 1.8 million acres, of which 1 million acres remain unprotected.

Critical Natural Landscape includes:

  • The largest Landscape Blocks in each of 8 ecoregions
  • Adjacent uplands that buffer wetland, aquatic, and coastal habitats

Obviously this purchase is important to preserving wildlife habitat in Mattapoisett. To help fund this critical addition to MLT properties, go to our Donate page, or call 1.774.377.9191.

For more information about Core Habitats and Critical Natural Landscapes, go to the DFG BioMap Home Page