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.

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

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.

MATTAPOISETT LAND TRUST OFFERS FOURTH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

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: info@mattlandtrust.org

Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

Winter Greens Hike at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation

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

MATTAPOISETT, MA
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
Amy.Wilmot@state.ma.us