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Attleboro Land Trust
Helping to Protect Our Own Backyard
Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA

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Welcome

The Attleboro Land Trust is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping Attleboro green.

Lands under our protection as of December 23, 2013: 357 acres owned; 118 acres restricted; 475 acres total.
 

Join us! Support us!

Membership dues of $25 or donations in any amount may be made online to the Attleboro Land Trust at PayPal.

 
 

You don't need a PayPal account--
just a credit card.

 
  Other ways to get involved are by mail or email.  


Site Stewards Wanted

photo: Charlie Adler

A site steward is a volunteer who "adopts" one of the Attleboro Land Trust nature preserves, individually or with a group, such as a group of neighbors, church group, youth group, or fraternal organization.

Duties of a site steward:

  • Walk the property on a regular basis
  • Pick up litter
  • Report vandalism
  • Help with routine trail maintenance
  • Assist with special projects

If you are interested, contact us.

Volunteers Needed to Wrap Up Spring Maintenance Activities

Thanks to all who have helped with litter pick-up, trail maintenance, and other projects this spring.

On Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, we will hold our last spring maintenance activity at Larson Woodland (across from Willett School).  Rain date is June 28.

Larson Woodland, as many of you know, is one of our most visible and visited sites. Keeping it well-groomed is a challenge. 

One task will be to groom the edge of the property along Riverbank Road and Watson Avenue. This will involve raking and bagging leaves, and trimming shrubs and branches.

Also, we will be working on controlling several alien plant species that have invaded Larson Woodland: bittersweet, Japanese barberry, and Norway maple.

A "growing" problem at Larson Woodland and our other conservation lands is poison ivy. (Due to increasing carbon in the atmosphere, this toxic plant has been thriving.) I will be working on removal of this plant and would welcome help from anyone who is comfortable tackling this job.

If you can help at Larson Woodland or if you would like to be notified of other volunteer opportunities, let us know by email.


Denham Family Donates 28 acres of Land in South Attleboro

The Attleboro Land Trust has received a generous gift of approximately 28 acres of conservation land in South Attleboro. The parcel, to be named the Shaw-Denham Memorial Forest, is located between Pitas Avenue and Jody Way and is bisected by a power line right-of-way that will be familiar to anyone who walks the backwoods in that part of the city. The land was donated by Lois Fournier of Centerville and Charles U. Denham III of Attleboro, in keeping with the wishes of their late father, Charles U. Denham, Jr.

Donors Lois Fournier and Charles Denham III sign deed donating the Shaw-Denham Memorial Forest to the Attleboro Land Trust.  Looking on from left to right are attorney Jim Lewis, ALT President Ted Leach, and ALT Board Member Charlie Adler.

 

The elder Denham passed away on January 28, 2013, at the age of 100. Charlie Denham was actively involved in the Attleboro community throughout his life through volunteer work for his church, the PTA, the United Way, and the Boy Scouts. He was also known to many in Attleboro through his service for 20 years on the Attleboro Board of Election Commissioners.

This land had been in Charlie's family for generations and he invested much time and effort to secure the title and to find a use for the property that would honor the memory of his ancestors.

Conservation of this land will help to protect the quality of ground water and of the nearby Seven Mile River. Approximately 50% of the land is within Rivers Protection Act buffers, and over 90% of the land is classified as medium-yield aquifer. The land contains a diversity of habitat types, including upland woods, wooded swamp, and streams. These habitats support a wide variety of plants and of resident and migratory wildlife populations. Future plans for the property include public walking trails. At present there is no convenient public access.

The protection of this parcel was made possible through the Massachusetts Land Conservation Tax Credit Program which disburses up to $2,000,000 annually in grants of up to $50,000 per land donation. The Attleboro Land Trust was assisted locally by Attleboro Mayor Kevin J. Dumas, the Department of Planning and Development, the Municipal Council, and the Conservation Commission in meeting the requirements for this program. The office of attorney Jim Lewis provided the pro bono legal work needed for this acquisition. Volunteer Gary Krofta contributed an assessment of the property's natural features. The Attleboro Land Trust is indebted to the donors and to everyone who helped make this acquisition possible.

Thanks to all who support our mission of conservation and environmental education!

The Attleboro Land Trust is grateful for the support we have received over the past year from our corporate sponsors and from individual donors.

2013-2014 Corporate Sponsors

Biogen Idec

Briggs Garden and Home

Checon Corporation

Colonel Blackinton Inn (A C Restaurants)

Cryan Landscape Contractors, Inc.

E F Leach And Company

Faulkner Family Foundation

Gilmore Insurance

Glines and Rhodes, Inc

James M. Lewis P.C.

Plastic Craft Novelty Co., Inc

Plymouth Rock Foundation

Precision Engineering Products/PEP Industries

Russell Morin Fine Catering

The Sun Chronicle

 

2013-2014 Individual Donors

Land Trust Society ($2500+)

Ted and Debby Leach

Don and Laura Ouellette

Land Trust Benefactors ($1000-2499)

Bob and Pam Faulkner

Trail Blazers ($500-999)

Ray and Muriel Larson

Linda LeStage

William and Donna Lewis

Michael and Patricia Murphy

Protectors of Flora and Fauna ($250-499)

Roy Belcher and Bertha Young

Victor and Karen Bonneville

Carole and Richard Harris

Tim and Gloria McGinn

Anne and Mike Newquist

Mike and Lynne O'Brien

William and Melissa Riley

 


Take a Walk in Our Woods

This recently published guide to walking trails in Attleboro is designed to appeal to kids and their families. Contact us for a free copy.

This publication was created by educator and ALT Board Member Melissa Riley in collaboration with Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and the Attleboro Conservation Commission.  It was funded by a generous donation by Al Walker in memory of his dear friend Barbara Corrigan.


Local Links

Check out these web sites for more local green events and activities...

Attleboro Area Community Garden

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 


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