Snow Scene

    Thanks to Robin Right for submitting these photos of winter birds at her feeder.        

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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