Walk at Olde Field Farm

Posted February 20th, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

On Sunday, February 23, at 2:00 pm, the public is invited to join the Mattapoisett Land Trust (MLT) and the Rochester Land Trust (RLT) as they hold a joint walk on MLT’s Olde Field Farm property located just west of 232 New Bedford Road.

Edith and Elliott Shoolman donated this property to MLT prior to RLT’s creation so that the fields and woods could remain wild as a sanctuary for the birds they loved. The house and barns are now private property and a local farmer maintains the fields in season.

Winter is a wonderful time to hike across the main field to walk the relatively flat trail through pinewoods and into the frozen swampy land that abuts the Mattapoisett River.

Folks should dress for the weather of the day, as the hike will go on rain, shine, sleet or snow! Participants may see tracks of deer, fox, coyote, or squirrel. Many wintering birds may be seen or heard in the woods or along the field edges.

This is the second in a series of walks sponsored by RLT to highlight properties included in their booklet, Explore Rochester. The booklet, now in its second printing, was a joint effort of the RLT and the Rochester Conservation Commission’s Open Space Action Committee. Copies of the booklet are available at the Town Hall Annex and will also be available on the day of the walk. So come out and enjoy a walk in the woods with fellow naturalists!


Posted January 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Whether you are looking in the field of technology, biology and or environmental education your career pursuit will  require support and that is why for the fifth year in a row, The Mattapoisett Land Trust is looking to select a qualifying candidate for the $1000.00 “Blanche B. Perry Scholarship Award. This award is available to a resident senior graduating by June 2014 from secondary school 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, http://www.mattlandtrust.org/education/

Participating School 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 24, 2014
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 18, 2014 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 a 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

Nasketucket Land Preservation Project

Posted November 19th, 2013 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Thank you to those of you who attended Town Meeting last evening and voted in favor of the Nasketucket Land Preservation Project (Article 18). For those of you who couldn’t attend, we made our case as to why $50,000 is needed at this Town Meeting and why an additional $128,000 will be required in May and Town Meeting voted unanimously in favor of the expenditure. It was great to see such strong support for this large and complicated land protection effort that has been put together by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

There is still plenty more to do before the deal is done, but this was an important step in Mattapoisett. Thanks again for your support.

Gary P. Johnson, President

Friends Alternative Gift Fair- Nov. 9

Posted October 4th, 2013 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Friends Alternative Gift Fair- Nov. 9
The MLT will participate this year on November 9, 10 AM – 1 PM in an Alternative Gift Fair organized by the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting. We will offer gift memberships, MLT merchandise and some unique items made from materials collected from MLT land. In addition we will have a silent auction for 2 objects d’art that were donated to the MLT by the artists, Hugh and Donna Kelly of Weston, MA, and Aucoot Road. Mr. Kelly has carved in alabaster an 11” high profile of the Wampanoag chief, Metacomet. Mrs. Kelly has painted a lovely fall scene of ducks on the salt marsh. You don’t have to be present to have the winning bid. If you are interested in viewing the items or placing a bid before November 9, please contact MLT President Gary Johnson at 774-263-6657 or send an email to info@mattlandtrust.org.

Salty’s Silvery Moon Soirée

Posted October 4th, 2013 in Uncategorized by Charles Radville

Salty’s Silvery Moon Soirée
Friday, Oct. 18 at 5:30
It’s that time of year again.
Join us at Dunseith Gardens, Salty’s home, at North Street and Route 6 (Marion Road)
Festivities start at 5:30 with music, and a cook fire to make our traditional S’Mores.
At 6:30, treat yourself to the storytelling of Simon Brooks

There is no parking on site, so bring a flashlight to find your way home or back to your  car.
Salty’s looking forward to your company!