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 Town and region. Deer are a common species in our landscape and trying to better understand their potential impacts on forest ecology as well as other social and environmental issues is prudent.

The DMS included one HCT Trustee as a representative on the committee. Two other members of the committee are currently HCT Trustees, but they were not representing HCT on the DMS and their membership on this municipal committee pre-dated their election to HCT’s Board.  The recommendation of the DMS (a subcommittee of Town government) does not reflect any position or policy of HCT (an independent non-profit organization). We will continue to keep abreast of this and other conservation-land stewardship matters taken up by the Town. Currently, there is no change in HCT’s hunting policy, which remains, hunting is prohibited on HCT lands.

We wish to thank our board members, and all those who generously volunteer their time on civic boards and committees in Harvard.

EEE Positive Mosquito Sample in Harvard

The Board of Health, Town of Harvard and Nashoba Associated Boards of Health have issued a press release regarding the recent EEE positive mosquito sample found in Harvard, and have asked that this information be shared. Below are links to the press release, plus further information on insect repellents and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
 
Board of Health Press Release
 
MA Department of Public Health Fact Sheet on Mosquito Repellents
 
MA Department of Public Health Fact Sheet on EEE

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