Entries by David Outman

Thank You for a Job Well Done

After six years of invaluable, behind the scenes service to the Trust, Julie Weigley has decided that the time has come to fully retire.  It’s the details and routines that make all the difference in keeping a small non-profit moving forward, and Julie has effortlessly kept HCT’s mailings, postings, and records organized and flowing smoothly.  […]

Free HCT Membership

In the spirit of community and togetherness, HCT will provide a free one-year membership and our Trail Guide to area residents who are new to HCT and the trails of Harvard.  To sign up, simply email your name and mailing address to, info@harvardconservationtrust.org, under the subject line “New Member” by June 30, 2020 (email addresses […]

Getting Outside During COVID-19

The heart of HCT’s mission is the ability of people to enjoy the beauty and natural resources of Harvard.  HCT and the Town have opted to keep our trails open for use, under new provisional guidelines, as these outdoor resources are needed more than ever.  We hope everyone in our community will take advantage of […]

Note Regarding COVID-19

As we all take the necessary precautions to help our community stay safe and healthy, please keep in mind that Harvard’s conservation lands remain open from dawn to dusk.  Getting outside to walk, run, or ride the trails keeps the body fit, while sitting quietly at the edge of a field or pond can calm […]

Harvard Conservation Trust New Year’s Walk

Per tradition, the Harvard Conservation Trust will ring in the New Year with a stroll among Harvard’s forests and fields. Nothing sets the tone for the year ahead like a leisurely walk with friends and neighbors in the crisp rejuvenating air of January. The walk will take place at 11:00am. HCT Membership not required. Location […]

Honoring the Memory of Marylynn

We are saddened to share the news of the passing of HCT’s first Executive Director, Marylynn Gentry (read obituary). Marylynn was a leader, a passionate naturalist, and a committed champion of land conservation in Harvard and beyond.  She will be greatly missed and the example she set will continue to inspire our work for years […]

Opposed to Article 18, Citizen’s Petition

The Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT) manages over 325 acres of land in the Town of Harvard.  As stewards of this land, we have a responsibility to take a holistic and long-term view in caring for our natural heritage.  While passive land management has often been the default approach, it is not always sufficient or responsible.  […]

Participation on Town’s Deer Management Subcommittee

The Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT) was glad to have representation on the Town Conservation Commission’s Deer Management Subcommittee (DMS). We are a non-profit organization with a charitable mission to preserve the rural character and natural resources of Harvard. It is in HCT’s interest to keep abreast of important ecological and land management issues in the […]

Vote for Conservation @ Annual Town Meeting

Please come out and vote for conservation at Annual Town Meeting this Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 A.M. at the Bromfield School.  HCT is partnering with Town Conservation Commission in an effort to purchase a 23-acre parcel off of Willard Lane. Your help is needed to be sure Article 22, item 4 and Article 26, […]

Garlic Mustard Pull – Volunteers Needed!

Help us eradicate garlic mustard from the woods at HCT’s Muller conservation area on Littleton County Road (meet at the pull-off between numbers 74 and 82).  The Muller land is an area of distinct ecological importance, removing garlic mustard helps to protect soil microbial processes and native plant diversity.  Two sessions are planned, Saturday April […]