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 to come.

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

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.  Managing land well is an adaptive endeavor that requires careful consideration of complex and dynamic natural systems.  For this reason, we endorse maintaining all of the options and tools available, for the long-term.  At the October meeting of HCT’s Stewardship Committee, a recommendation was made to oppose the Citizen’s Petition to ban hunting on Town Conservation land in Harvard as it removes a potentially important management tool from the Conservation Commission’s land management tool box.  The Board of Trustees voted on October 16th to support a recommendation to oppose Article 18 at the October 28th Special Town Meeting.  While the Citizen’s Petition to ban hunting on Town conservation land does not apply to HCT’s land, natural systems function across property boundaries, and limiting the Conservation Commission’s options for managing Town land could result in negative consequences for HCT conservation lands by extension.