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

Video of the Brownell Parcel Walk

Posted February 16th, 2011 in Event, News by Charles Radville

We had a great turnout and lovely weather for the walk. Gary led us through this parcel we hope to purchase in June of this year.

Proposed Trail from Grace Pond to Angelica

Posted February 16th, 2011 in Event, News by Charles Radville

Hi Everyone,
I want to let everyone know that on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 8:00 AM,  there will be a walk of one of our next planned trails.
The Fuchs boys, who developed and built the Hiller Trail, will lead a walk of the trail which they have grossly marked. It will extend from the Grace Pond along Old Slough Road in a southerly direction down to Angelica Ave.
We will meet at the parking area at the end of Bowman Road and proceed along the trail to Grace Pond. From there we will walk the proposed route to Angelica Ave. and then back to the parking area.
Sorry about the time but these kids have a full schedule. I hope that you can attend.