Review: 2020 Annual Meeting

For those who may have missed it, the 2020 Annual Meeting was one of the best attended anyone can remember. Nearly 70 individuals joined our Zoom meeting, and all learned something new about how mycorrhizal relationships work, how trees share, and how fungal species establish relationships with plants while avoiding other fungus. We also learned how all of the preceding three statements are all referencing the same wood-wide web! Dr. Susan Goldhor, of the Boston Mycological Club has left us all with a better understanding and appreciation of the many ecological processes taking place right under our feet that we cannot see. Dr. Goldhor recommended two books for those who are interested in learning more: The Hidden Forest and Mycorrhizal Planet. For younger audiences, our Executive Director Brian Colleran also recommends the Trees installment of the Science Comics series. In the meantime however, please enjoy a favorite Ted Talk of Dr. Goldhor’s, or Dr. Goldgor herself in the videos below.

Thank you for making the 2020 Annual Meeting a success!

 

 

Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Bolton Conservation Commission holding agricultural workshop in Bolton, 2/19/20 @ 7:30 PM

 
 

Open Space Residential Design Bylaw Workshop

Open Space Residential Design Workshop with Randall Arendt: An Event to Provide Information About the Open Space and Conservation Design Development Concept

Who:The Town of Harvard in conjunction with Mass Audubon and the Mass Smart Growth Alliance. Author and Planner Randall Arendt will be the keynote speaker.

What: A workshop that includes speakers talking about Open Space Residential Design from multiple perspectives, a design exercise, and a discussion of Harvard’s proposed new Open Space Residential Design Bylaw.

Where: The Town of Harvard Bromfield School Auditorium.

When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

For more info and to sign up:
https://www.harvard.ma.us/planning-board/pages/open-space-residential-design-osrd-bylaw

Tom Denney Nature Camp

 
 
Registration for the Bolton Conservation Trust Tom Denney Nature Camp Summer 2020 program opens February 1 at tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org.

The camp is for students entering Kindergarten through High School. It is a unique camp experience that offers five weekly sessions of fun and learning in the beautiful natural setting of Bolton’s Bowers Springs conservation area. See further info below:
 
 

Annual Meeting: Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

 
Come join us at HCT’s Annual Meeting, held on Tuesday, November 19th, at Volunteer Hall in the Harvard Public Library (4 Pond Road), 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
 

 
This year’s guest speaker will be Richard Higgins, author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees. Richard Higgins is a writer, editor, photographer and lecturer in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a staff reporter and editor for The Boston Globe for 20 years, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, Esquire, and Smithsonian and many other publications. In this presentation drawn from the book, he explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees through Thoreau’s words, photos of historic trees and his own images of trees today. Mr. Higgins will show how trees inspired Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, work as a naturalist, philosophical thought and spiritual life, and explain why Thoreau’s love of trees and wisdom about them speaks to us today.
 
The presentation will be followed by light refreshments, including homemade gingerbread, fresh apple cider, and good cheer. Bring a friend!

Explore Hermann Orchard: Sunday @ 1 PM, November 10, 2019

Fall Forest Bathing Walk, Saturday, October 10th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 


 

Fall Forest Bathing Walk with Pam Frederick, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide
Saturday, 10/12/19 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Fee: $25
Location: Brown Conservation land at the end of Murray Lane in Harvard.

 

Let stress and “to do” lists melt away as you relax, unplug and open your senses to the “medicine” of the forest. Research on “bathing” or taking in the atmosphere of the forest shows improved cognitive functioning and increased sense of well-being.

Pam will guide you with invitations designed to create immersive experiences in nature. The walk concludes with a wild collected tea ceremony and snacks

Registration: You must pre-register with Pam to participate in the walk and a minimum of four people is required. Please call or email Pam to register or with questions.

Email: pwfrederick@gmail.com
Cell: 978-460-0781

Save the Date : October 20, 2019 – HCT’s Run for the Hills 5K Trail Run and 2K Orchard Walk

For online registration: www.runforthehills.org

High Ridge BioBlitz Celebration

Want to know more about the flora and fauna that surround us?

Upcoming BioBlitz Events and “All About Monarchs” Presentation

 
The Sudbury Valley Trustees are hosting a series of BioBlitz events in the High Ridge area, “a 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough which is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water.” During BioBlitzes, volunteers record as many living species within a designated location and time period as possible.

Please click on the links below for information and to register for one or more of these events. And, see also, the link for the “All About Monarchs” presentation on May 29 at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough. Hope to see you soon!
 
BioBlitz Discovery Day: Plants and Pollinators – May 18https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-plants-and-pollinators

All About Monarchs – May 29https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/all-about-monarchs

BioBlitz Discovery Day: Herps and Aquatics – June 1https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-herps-and-aquatics

BioBlitz – June 22https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz