New Acquisition on Mattapoisett Neck Road

Posted June 6th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

The Mattapoisett Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has acquired 22 acres of woodland and salt marsh along Mattapoisett Neck Road from Jeanne and Gregory Downey of Mattapoisett. The property lies between parcels of land that were previously protected by the Mattapoisett Land Trust as well as the Wildlands Trust of Duxbury, MA. Most importantly, the land lies entirely within an area that the Commonwealth’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program BioMap2 report (2012) describes both as “Core Habitat” and “Critical Natural Landscape”, meaning that it is among the most important areas to preserve for the protection of rare and threatened species.

Downey aerial sm New Acquisition on Mattapoisett Neck RoadIn addition to private contributions, the acquisition was only made possible through a grant of $75,000 from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and obtained through the assistance and cooperation of the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Wildlands Trust as well as the  Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program. Additional funding came from foundation sources  including the Lee L. and Judith E. Selwyn Foundation, the Fields Pond Foundation and the Sheehan Family Foundation. Fund-raising efforts to retire the $25,000 principal remaining on a loan that was required will continue through the summer. Individuals interested in contributing can donate to the Land Trust through its website at or by mail at P.O. Box 31 in Mattapoisett.

The MLT hopes to eventually link the property to the existing trail on the Walega-Livingstone Preserve thereby providing a public trail access to Brandt Iland Cove from Mattapoisett Neck Road. Future generations will have the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the salt marsh and woodlands along the bay.

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program provided the map.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our land preservation work!

Scholar Chosen by the Land Trust

Posted June 4th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Mattapoisett Land Trust is pleased to announce that Leonard Murphy, fifth in his class, of the top ten seniors graduating from Bishop Stang High School, is this year’s chosen scholar to receive the Blanche B. Perry Scholarship for $1000.00.
Leonard is the son of Marigloria and Leonard Murphy of Rocky Hill, in Mattapoisett. Leonard is headed for Harvard College to pursue pre-medical studies.

Leonard is no stranger to the Mattapoisett and Marion communities, as he has performed many community service hours and volunteer activities in both towns. “He was one of the earliest core junior friends of the Mattapoisett Library, said Mrs. Linda Burke, the children’s Librarian; she remembers, “Lenny and his sister Mari were among the most polite and courteous of the young patrons. Leonard was always available for fundraising activities and organizing clean up, he was a hard worker, with a quick and high quality sense of humor”. Mrs. Burke said, “it has been a privilege to watch him succeed into a fine young man” For the second summer Silvershell beach in Marion has him back again.

In addition to the Mattapoisett Land Trust award, Leonard received highest honors in Theology, Fine Arts, World Languages, Math, and the Saint Julie Billiart Service award. He is a recipient of the U.S Presidents’ Education Award, which is awarded to the top ten seniors with a GPA of 3.8 or better and who also achieved a combined SAT score of 1800 or more in Math, Verbal and Writing. Leonard is a National Honors Society member and varsity cross-country, swimming, and tennis athletic achiever. Mr. Murphy received the National Hispanic Recognition award and he has had a perfect attendance for four years at Bishop Stang High School.

Janice Foley, Mattapoisett resident and Bishop Stang, Director of Advancement, said “Lenny demonstrates a shared vision of improving the quality of life for others and he is certainly smart, but more importantly, he is a compassionate, creative and humble young man that gives his all.”

Ellen P. Flynn, Chair of Education said, “The Mattapoisett Land Trust is thrilled and honored to have such a high quality achiever as Leonard Murphy to grant to him their scholarship. The Land Trust is looking forward to Leonard’s even greater achievements during his college career and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Walk with us to a special property on May 3

Posted April 25th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

The Mattapoisett Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 22 acres of woodland and wetland in western Mattapoisett from Greg and Jeanne Downey of Mattapoisett. The property lies south-west of Mattapoisett Neck Road between preserves previously protected by the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Wildlands Trust.

Fund-raising activities will continue during the spring as the MLT prepares for the acquisition in June.

For those interested in visiting the property, the Land Trust will sponsor a walk on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 2:00 p.m. from the junction of Whalers Way and Mattapoisett Neck Road. For more information call 774-263-6657 or email Or visitors may simply wish to drive by the property at their leisure to see if there is activity on the existing osprey stand. MLT protection should provide many more years of viewing pleasure.

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Cleanup

Posted April 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Please join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 as Mattapoisett Land Trust Volunteers meet at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Parking Lot at 9 AM to clean up the trails and beaches of this Property. Children are welcome if accompanied by a Parent or Guardian.

UMass Dartmouth Engineering Students working with MLT

Posted March 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Six students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth presently are working on two projects with the Land Trust. The first project involves field survey work and technical research to help us determine the best way to repair areas of erosion in the lawn and gardens along the top of the seawall at the Munro Preserve. The students’ efforts will result in an application before the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for authorization to proceed with the needed maintenance. We hope the repairs can be completed before the summer season begins.
The second project involves field work and both technical and economic research to determine the possible costs and benefits of a restored pond behind the stone and earthen dam at the Dexter Mill Preserve. The Dexter Mill project will result in a preliminary feasibility study of the regulatory, environmental and economic ramifications of allowing a pond to form once again behind the dam. As part of this work the students will evaluate the possibility of a small hydroelectric generation unit at the dam.
Both projects are being completed as part of a civil engineering course for seniors taught by Professor Heather Miller, a Mattapoisett resident and MLT supporter. Doug Schneider, a professional civil engineer in Mattapoisett who has worked for many years with MLT, is providing advice to the students as well. We extend our sincere thanks to Professor Miller, Mr. Schneider and the six students working with us. Both projects will be finished by May, and the students will present their results at MLT’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 10th. We also will provide a summary of the students’ results in the Fall-Winter 2014 issue of The Heron.