Volunteer dinner a success!

Posted March 21st, 2013 in Event, News, Uncategorized by Charles Radville

peter2 e1363883608717 225x300 Volunteer dinner a success!In case you had not heard, seen it on our website, checked our Facebook page or received an actual invitation, the MLT held a special event to honor the lifeblood of our entirely volunteer organization. We depend on volunteers for everything from maintaining the properties you visit to making decisions on acquisition of new properties.
Originally the event was scheduled for Saturday, February 9 in Reynard Hall at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. However the arrival of the Great Blizzard of 2013 forced a change to March 9.

Fantastic music was provided by the Mike Bliss Quartet from Old Rochester Regional High School.
A light meal was catered by “On the Go” of Mattapoisett, followed by fabulous blueberry desserts prepared by your Board of Directors.
A little ceremony thanking our volunteers was held and specially designed tee shirts were presented to the volunteers in attendance. If you see somebody wearing one, please give them a hearty thank you for keeping open space available in Mattapoisett! Also, ask them how you can get involved and maybe get this spiffy apparel for yourself.

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.
email: info@mattlandtrust.org
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.

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 http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/nbsr.htm.
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 www.mass.gov/dcr.
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

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 info@mattlandtrust.org 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!