Severe winds have taken their toll on land trust properties in recent years, and we are surveying our lands now for any damage that might have been caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Thanks to site steward Alan Henry, we already have one report of a downed tree blocking the Charlie Wyman Loop Trail on the Richardson Nature Preserve. Volunteers will be clearing the trail in the next few days.
In Massachusetts, mosquitoes can give you eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus or West Nile virus (WNV). Today’s Sun Chronicle reports that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Attleboro.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, and the illnesses they can cause.
Protect yourself from illness by doing simple things:
- Use insect repellents any time you are outdoors
- Wear long-sleeved clothing
- Schedule outdoor activities to avoid the hours from dusk to dawn during peak mosquito season
- Repair damaged window and door screens
- Remove standing water from the areas around your home
More information is available here.
On Tuesday, May 26, a work party of nine volunteers helped with the maintenance of Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve. The work was peformed with coronavirus precautions and the size of the group was limited to a maximum of ten people.
Most of the work focused on the meadow, which had become overgrown with invasive buckthorn saplings.
The invasive plants were removed by the roots to prevent them from growing back.
One of our volunteers helped to extend the life of a boardwalk by removing leaves and dirt that had collected between the slats.
If you would like to help with future work parties, contact us.
We are grateful to the following organizations and individuals for their financial support of our mission through donations and in-kind contributions.
Corporate Sponsors and Institutional Partners, 2019-20
American Legion Aux Unit # 312
Attleboro Arts Museum
Attleboro Foundation/Bank of America, N.A.
Briggs Garden and Home
Casey Law Offices, P.C.
Cryan Landscape Contractors, Inc.
Duffy-Poule Funeral Service Inc
Faulkner Family Foundation
Fredric J Hammerle Charitable Trust
Houghton Physical Therapy
Lewis & Sullivan, P.C.
Plymouth Rock Foundation
Sensata Technologies, Inc.
W. Walsh Company, Inc.
Woodard & Curran Foundation
Zumalt Tree Experts
Individual Major Donors, 2019-2020
Ted and Debby Leach
Don and Laura Ouellette
Lucia and Bruce Field
Brian Hatch and Kelly Neil
Rev. David Hill
Tim and Gloria McGinn
Michael and Patricia Murphy
Protectors of Flora and Fauna
Denise Antaya & Clif Ennis
Roy Belcher and Bertha Young
Victor and Karen Bonneville
Anne and Mike Newquist
Applying for a grant is usually a laborious process, requiring pages of applications, documents, and financial statements. Usually! The Attleboro Land Trust recently received a $2000 grant that came to us through a different set of circumstances.
Enter Sherri Peak-Palermo, who works for Woodard & Curran, an environmental consulting firm with an office in Providence. The firm, together with its employees, has set up a foundation to support non-profit groups across the country in their efforts to protect the environment.
Sherri is the daughter-in-law of the late Paul Palermo, Sr., who passed away in 2019. Palermo was widely-respected as the City of Attleboro’s electrical inspector, serving in that capacity for 30 years. Sherri nominated the Attleboro Land Trust for the grant in memory of her father-in-law and in recognition of his love for the city.
Our thanks to the Woodard & Curran Foundation for this grant, and to Sherri for nominating us. Stay tuned for more about the specific project on which these funds will be spent.
Listen to the sounds of wood frogs recorded at the Colman Reservation on March 9, 2020, by Ross Mulcare.
As of March 24, 2020
Attleboro Land Trust properties remain open (during daylight hours) for the time being.
Please comply with local, state, and federal emergency orders.
Please follow guidelines recommended by government health agencies.
When visiting our properties:
- Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and other people on trails, boardwalks, and at parking lots.
- Be generous in yielding the right of way to others, if you can safely do so.
- On loop trails, follow the arrows.
- Do not step onto a boardwalk if someone is already on the boardwalk coming toward you.
- Treat all with extra courtesy and respect.
- Leash your dog, use a doggie bag, and take it home with you.
- Remember to take precautions for ticks.
For extra comfort on the trail, download and print a trail map before you leave home.
If you were planning to attend or volunteer at one of our events, we understand that your plans might change, based on concerns about the coronavirus. By the same token, we may cancel some of our planned events and activities, out of an abundance of caution, or use various communication tools, rather than face-to-face meetings, to carry out our work. Any cancellations or updates to our scheduled activities will be announced on our website.
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, a group of volunteers walked the boundaries of the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve. The purpose of the walk was to inspect the condition of the preserve, check for any encroachment of the boundaries, and find existing boundary markers. From the parking area on Richardson Avenue, we headed for the far corners of the property.
A snowfall the previous night had added a sparkle to the landscape.
We added a sign with our visitor regulations.
We walked the entire length of the power line easement from south to north.
We put up another regulation sign at the edge of the power line along our northern boundary.
Thanks to all who attended the walk!
A series of boundary walks was planned for the first three Saturdays in March, weather permitting. The purpose of boundary walks is to maintain signs and markers along the boundaries and to check for encroachment.
The first boundary walk was held at the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve, 221 Richardson Avenue, on Saturday, March 7.