The Attleboro Land Trust is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping Attleboro green.
Site Stewards Wanted
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:
If you are interested, contact us.
Looking Back on 25 Years of Land Conservation, Education, and Advocacy in Attleboro
On April 11, we turned 25! At a community meeting at the Attleboro Public Library on April 11, 1990, it was unanimously decided that our city should have a land trust. The Attleboro Land Trust became an official organization on July 30, 1990, when its articles of incorporation were signed by its first board of directors. Since then, driven by the work and passion of volunteers, we have acquired 372 acres of conservation land and through conservation restrictions are protecting another 118 acres. Our work of conservation, education, and advocacy continues, with many new projects underway.
On Thursday, April 16, at a meeting of the Attleboro Historic Preservation Society, Charlie Adler, Ted Leach, and Don Ouellette shared highlights of our history and future plans. Ted was later interviewed for the news on our local cable channel 15 and youtube courtesy of DoubleACS TV.
photos: Charlie Adler
Our 24th Annual Meeting Held on October 21
The focus of our annual meeting was the Handy Street Acquisition Project. Eighty acres of conservation land has been purchased by the City of Attleboro, in a collaborative effort involving the Attleboro Land Trust and Mass Audubon, with additional funding by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Augat Foundation, and the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation. Mayor Kevin Dumas and the city's Director of Planning and Development Gary Ayrassian were on hand to explain how the project came together and what's next. Then the city's Conservation Agent Tara Martin and ecologist Liz Newlands showed photos of some of the property's unique natural features.
The Last Piece of a Beautiful Puzzle
by Ted Leach, ALT president
The exciting news at the Land Trust is that we are working together with the City of Attleboro and the Mass Audubon Society on finalizing the language for a Conservation Restriction on 80 superb acres of open land linking the Attleboro Springs 117 acres with city-owned forest land stretching all the way to Locust Street and Oak Hill Avenue. This piece of the puzzle creates one continuous block of wild land close to the heart of downtown Attleboro totaling nearly 500 acres.
Following the very successful collaboration between the Attleboro Land Trust, the Mass Audubon Society, and the City of Attleboro, the Land Trust and the Audubon will jointly own a conservation restoration permanently protecting these 80 acres, while the City will this time own the land itself. A Land Trust capital campaign raised $50,000 in twin grants from the Augat Foundation and the Balfour Foundation to make this possible. Mass Audubon raised another $11,000 as well. Together, we have already been able to contribute a survey of the property and a first rate Environmental Baseline description of the property, including important flora and fauna there.
This is exciting because of the potential for developing a wonderful trail system for hikers, and even for a handicapped accessible trail. It also preserves Attleboro’s largest intact range of wild land so important to many species of animals for their survival. A tributary of the Thacher Brook winds through the property on its way to join the Ten Mile River, and then Narragansett Bay. There is a small but beautiful pond on the property as well as several large specimen white oak trees. While there’s much work yet to be done, this will be an environmental jewel for generations in the Attleboros.
We congratulate Mayor Kevin Dumas and head of Planning and Conservation Gary Aryassian on their foresight and hard work in making this a reality and putting that finishing piece in a wonderful puzzle.
Some Interesting Websites
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.
2014 Corporate and Foundation Sponsors
Attleboro Foundation/Bank of America, N.A.
Biogen Idec Foundation
Briggs Garden and Home
Colonel Blackinton Inn (A C Restaurants)
Cryan Landscape Contractors, Inc.
E. F. Leach and Company
Glines and Rhodes, Inc.
James M. Lewis P.C.
Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation
Plastic Craft Novelty Co., Inc.
Precision Engineering Products/PEP Industries
Russell Morin Fine Catering
Sensata Technologies, Inc.
2014 Individual Donors
Land Trust Benefactors ($1000-2499)
Bob and Pam Faulkner
Don and Laura Ouellette
Trail Blazers ($500-999)
Carole and Richard Harris
William and Donna Lewis
Michael and Patricia Murphy
Mike and Lynne O'Brien
Protectors of Flora and Fauna ($250-499)
Tim and Gloria McGinn
Anne and Mike Newquist
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