Jim Levitt is the manager of land conservation programs in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, in Petersham, Massachusetts. What is the Wildlands and Woodlands Vision? Imagine …
“Forests blanket the region, even within thickly settled areas, but vary in striking ways to create distinctive landscapes, provide a rich array of habitats, and support a range of human experiences and valuable resources. Farmlands provide healthy local food, diversify the region’s landscape, and enhance scenic beauty, plant and wildlife habitat, and biodiversity. Robust rural economies enable the individuals and families who produce our local wood and food to share in the region’s prosperity. In more densely populated areas, shade trees, urban gardens, and forested parks and greenways yield irreplaceable community and health benefits and help moderate the effects of climate change. Forestland and open space protected in perpetuity mitigate climate change, help communities contend with extreme weather events, provide clean drinking water, and maintain healthy air quality. Across the region, well-managed forests and farmlands, expansive wildlands, smart growth, and rural economic development are embraced as compatible, achievable, and mutually reinforcing.”
The presentation will be followed by light refreshments, including homemade gingerbread, fresh apple cider, and good cheer. Bring a friend!
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Run for the Hills (click for details) annual 5k to support the Harvard Conservation Trust’s mission to protect land, water, wildlife, and the rural character of Harvard will be held on October 22nd, at 34 Lancaster Road, from 9:00 to 1:00. This year, in addition to the 5K trail race, we offer a non-competitive 2 ½ K ( 1 ½ mile) walk through the same wooded trails and field paths that the runners follow. Children and adults are very welcome to join in the fun and enjoy the community walk. Register online with Lightbox; free t-shirt and $5 discount if registered before 9/1. All proceeds to benefit the Harvard Conservation Trust.
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Register at www.svtweb.org/programs or call 978-443-5588 x 123
Free for members of HCT & SVT, $10 public
Led by Ted Elliman, author of “Wildflowers in New England” and botanist at the New England Wildflower Society, and Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection
Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT) have embarked on a joint venture to preserve 45 ecologically important acres on Sherry Road in Harvard. The property boasts a beautiful beech forest, a historic reservoir, and wetlands, and it is home to several endangered species.
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Walk Leader: Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship
Price: $10 (free for SVT & HCT members)
Join SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship, Dan Stimson, on a guided walk to Horse Meadows Reservoir, home to a beaver lodge, to learn about the history of beavers in our region, their adaptations that make them successful, and how their impact on the landscape benefits many other wildlife species. Register online at: http://www.svtweb.org/calendar/beaver-walk-horse-meadows-knoll.