MLT plans to honor volunteers

Posted December 28th, 2012 in Conservation, Event, News by Charles Radville

tee back MLT plans to honor volunteersContinuing on its mission to preserve and protect open space for your recreation, exploration and enjoyment, your Mattapoisett Land Trust depends on many resources.

From membership fees to endowments and major donations of land, the all volunteer Board of Directors uses these resources judiciously. From expanding the acres of protected properties to developing new trails and maintaining existing ones we can sometime stretch what is made available.

One of our greatest and most appreciated assets is a band of enthusiastic volunteers.

Scouts from our local troop have cleared and built trails, recreation areas and even bridges.
Members of our community help out in a many ways, from staffing our booth at Harbor Days, to assisting in clean-ups and general maintenance.
It is this background activity, probably invisible to you, that keeps protected lands open and available for your use.

This winter we will be honoring this selfless segment of our organization.
The event will be held at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church hall, 7 Church Street, on Saturday, February 9 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. There will be a nominal fee to cover expenses.

RSVP to with your number of attendees.
Join us as we let these indispensable folks know our deep appreciation for their work. Who knows? You may find inspiration to jump in yourself!


Posted October 5th, 2012 in Conservation, Event by Charles Radville

The Mattapoisett Land Trust invites the public to join members and friends on Saturday, October 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm as we explore the biological diversity of the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. The walk will be led by retired UMass Dartmouth Professor of Biology and artist Jim Sears. Our excursion will introduce participants to the variety of flora and fauna in the Reservation with the hope that children and adults will return to explore again at their leisure. Refreshments after the walk will be provided by the MLT.

Nasketucket Bay thumb MLT FALL EXPLORATIONAll interested walkers should meet at the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation parking lot off of Brandt Island Road (about 1.5 mi. from Route 6) at1:00 pm. The trails are relatively dry but long pants and waterproof shoes are recommended. For more information call 774-377-9191, or email

Salty’s Silvery Moon Soiree

Posted October 5th, 2012 in Conservation, Event by Charles Radville

Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 at Dunseith Gardens (the Seahorse park at Route 6 and North Street).
Storytelling by Take Two Tandem Tellers, singing and two fires for S’mores!
There is no parking in the park. Bring a flashlight to light the way back to your car.

Keep America Beautiful Launches National Planting Day

Posted August 20th, 2012 in Conservation, Event, News by Charles Radville

U.S. Department of Agriculture Joins Nonprofit in Issuing Nationwide Call to Plant Native Species on Sept. 8 and throughout the Fall
STAMFORD, Conn. (Aug. 17, 2012) –Keep America Beautiful (KAB), its affiliates and its partners are mobilizing Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species of trees, shrubs, and plants through a new call to action. The first National Planting Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, and will continue with activities happening through Nov. 30.
National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment, while creating greener, more beautiful communities. Why plant natives? Native species of plants and wildlife are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats. Yet we know that natives provide the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants are hardy, and require lower maintenance and less water than other ornamentals.
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Dedication of Brownell Preserve and Annual Meeting

Posted May 24th, 2012 in Annual Meeting, Conservation, Event by Charles Radville

On May 12, 2012 the Mattapoisett Land Trust dedicated the newly purchased Brownell preserve nestled between the Old Jenny Farm and Martocci parcels.

DSCF1654 300x225 Dedication of Brownell Preserve and Annual MeetingMLT President Gary P. Johnson conducted the dedication which was followed by a walk through the property to view its special features, including a large blueberry patch up for restoration, and a vernal pool in process for state certification. A large portion of this parcel has been marked by the state as critical wildlife habitat.

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Along with a map of the approximately 300 acres of almost entirely contiguous land in the Old Aucoot District, a handout included a list of the donors to date supporting restoration of the blueberry patch.

This dedication preceded the MLT annual meeting.

Those of you who couldn’t attend missed a pleasant walk but an even more interesting bat lecture. Who knew bats lived 20-30 years?

In addition to our returning board members, we had the nomination from the floor of Ray & Mary Ann Cebula who have been working as stewards on the Walega-Livingstone Preserve.