Vernal Pool Certification Field Trip

Posted April 5th, 2013 in Conservation, Event by Charles Radville

Tomorrow, Saturday April 6 at 9!
Help certify a Vernal Pool in the MLT’s Woodcock Preserve. See signs of life critical to the task! Eggs, insects and more. If you’ve heard the mating “quacks” of the Wood Frog, then you’ve probably been near one of these critical bodies of water.
If you don’t know where the Preserve is, meet us, 8:45,  at Dunseith Gardens (Salty’s hangout) at North Street and Route 6 to join the caravan.
The map is below in previous post.
Wear muck proof boots!
See you there!

Vernal pool certification

Posted March 29th, 2013 in Conservation, Event, Recreation by Charles Radville

Wed, April 3, 7 pm Mattapoisett Library

Wetland Scientist Elizabeth Leidhold will give a slide presentation
on vernal pools at the Mattapoisett Library in preparation for
certification field trip on April 6

Sat. April 6, 9 am. Woodcock Preserve, Long Plain rd.

Join wetland scientist Elizabeth Leidhold for a fascinating hands on
experience in the field. Learn about the springtime breeding place
of wood frogs, salamanders and more!woodcock Vernal pool certification

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



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.

Winter Greens Hike at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

Posted January 13th, 2013 in Conservation, Event, News, Recreation by Charles Radville

Hike along the wooded trails of Nasketucket Bay State Reservation (MAP) on Sunday, January 20th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. This is a fun and frosty trek exploring our winter trees, shrubs, and groundcover. Hike through the forest, near wetlands, and along a field to learn about Nasketucket Bay State Reservation’s winter greens. Meet at the gravel parking lot on Brandt Beach Road. For adults and children 8+. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy winter footwear. Weather and ground conditions will determine route. Rain, snow, or icy trails will cancel. Call (508) 866-2580 x162 for more information and for weather cancellation. For park information and directions, visit
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Edward M. Lambert Jr., the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit
Amy Wilmot
Regional Interpretive Coordinator
Department of Conservation & Recreation
Southeast Region Headquarters
194 Cranberry Road, PO Box 66, S. Carver, MA 02366
Office: 508.866.2580 x126 Cell: 508.272.9376 Fax: 508.866.7736