Although we thought we had completed the boardwalks at the Richardson Nature Preserve a year ago, last winter’s storms told a different story. You may remember that one storm took out the Wilmarth Street bridge over Chartley Brook. Freezing, thawing, and flooding all took their toll on one of our boardwalks. Repairs were made in the spring. On December 1, a volunteer crew completed additional work to raise the boardwalk by six inches. The crew consisted of (from left to right) Charlie Adler, Phil Boucher, Bruce Ingram, Bill Lewis, Dick Cheyne, and (not pictured) Russ Pray and Jim Keiper. Since then, further structural support has been added. We have our fingers crossed that we will get through this winter without any further difficulties. Mother Nature, of course, will have the last word!
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, 2017-18
American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 312
Attleboro Arts Museum
Attleboro Conservation Commission
Attleboro Historical Commission
Attleboro Foundation/Bank of America, N.A.
Attleboro Rotary Club
Briggs Garden and Home
Case Snow Management, Inc.
Casey Law Offices, P.C.
County Square Pharmacy
Cryan Landscape Contractors, Inc.
Faulkner Family Foundation
Fred M. Roddy Foundation, Inc.
Greenwood Emergency Vehicles
Fredric J. Hammerle Charitable Trust
Johnson & Johnson
Lewis & Sullivan, P.C.
M S Company
Russell Morin Fine Catering
National Fence & Supply Co.
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
Norton Equipment Rental
Plymouth Rock Foundation
Providence Picture Frame
Sensata Technologies, Inc.
Individual Major Donors, 2017-18
Ted and Debby Leach
Don and Laura Ouellette
Tom and Anne Marie Enderby
Lucia & Bruce Field
Geoff and Sarah Gaunt
Tim and Gloria McGinn
Protectors of Flora and Fauna
Denise Antaya & Clif Ennis
Roy Belcher and Bertha Young
Maureen and Ed Canner
Laurel & Leigh Carlson
Rev David Hill
Richard & Dawn Lunn
Anne and Mike Newquist
Mike & Lynne O’Brien
Our annual meetings are typically a time for socializing with other nature lovers, learning something new from a guest speaker, and celebrating the year’s accomplishments, and this year is no exception.
The Attleboro Land Trust is working to preserve properties containing both wetland and upland habitats, a strategy that benefits many wildlife species, especially amphibians. Our guest at the Annual Meeting will be Carol Entin, who will speak about the variety of common and uncommon amphibian species that inhabit our region.
Attleboro hosts approximately 20% of all known pure blue-spotted salamanders in the northeastern United States! The marbled salamander is also an Attleboro resident. Neighboring Rehoboth hosts 2 of only 8 known inland populations of the Eastern spadefoot toad. Carol, a volunteer amphibian monitor for the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, will give a photo presentation about N.E. Amphibians, then focus on how monitors do their work and how you can contribute sightings to the Massachusetts database. A retired Moses Brown science teacher (32 years), and former Caratunk Wildlife Refuge assistant director, Carol is a passionate advocate for amphibians!
Attleboro Land Trust Annual Meeting
Open to the Public
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 6:00PM
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA
Bring Your ID for Wine
ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
October 23, 2018
6:00 – 6:30 Social half-hour with wine, cheese and fruit
6:30 – 6:40 Welcome and State of the ALT – Roy Belcher, President
6:40 – 6:45 Election of Directors (per handout with slate of nominations)
By Mike O’Brien
6:45 – 7:00 Recognition of volunteers and helpers
7:00 – 7:45 Guest Speaker, Carol Entin, Amphibians in our backyard
Create a fairy house on your own and bring it to the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve Preserve for set up and display at 9:00 am on Sunday, October 14. Or come later that day to enjoy the exhibit from 10:00 am through 12:00 noon. Either way you will have a chance to make and take a fairy garden at this event.
What are Fairy Houses? According to the Fairy House official website: “Fairy Houses are small structures for the fairies and woodland creatures. Ranging from simple to intricate ‘Fairy Mansions’, these whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.” Google “fairy houses” for images, ideas and instructions.
Fairy houses will be exhibited at the creator’s own risk and be removed at the end of the 1-day, 2-hour exhibit, or left in the woods for the fairies and removed when needed by the land trust.
To register, go to the event listing page. Click on the register link or call: 508-222-0157.
Attleboro Land Trust sponsored Big Read Event
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Fairy House Exhibit
In the Glen and Deborah’s Garden
At Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve
577B Wilmarth Street, Attleboro
The Attleboro Area Community Garden’s 20th Anniversary Celebration will be held on September 8, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Garden on Hayward and Mechanic Streets in Attleboro, with a rain location at Murray UU Church, 505 North Main Street, Attleboro.
The afternoon program will include:
- A workshop presented by Master Gardener Kathi Gariepy on “Preparing for Next Year’s Garden – Tips and Tools.” The workshop will explore how to put the garden to bed, looking at what went right this season, and how to improve the garden for next year. In addition, a few tools will be shown that will help make next year a great and productive year in the garden. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.
- Bloom Gardening for Good will host a garden-themed rock painting activity for children from 1:00 to 2:15.
- At 2:30 a program honoring the Garden’s achievements and volunteers will take place. Light refreshments and a cake will be served.
- Donations of fresh produce and non-perishable food will be accepted during the afternoon and will be donated to the Murray UU Church Food Pantry.
For more information, contact Juliet Teixeira, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-222-2569 or visit the Attleboro Community Garden’s Facebook page.
We have called on our pool of volunteers many times over the past year and they have come through every time, whether it involves stuffing envelopes, pruning trails, or doing some pretty heavy lifting. We can always use more volunteers, so if you are not already in our volunteer pool, please send us your email address and we will add you to the list.
June 9th at the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve was a day for education, recreation, and celebration as more than 200 visitors participated in walks, talks, games, geocaching, and expressing appreciation to those who made it all possible.
Following acquisition of the property in June, 2016, the event was two years in the making. New trails have been marked and boardwalks have been installed. Signage has been put up to recognize and thank the major donors. Interpretive panels describe the site’s history, flora, and fauna. A new split rail fence marks the west edge of the property. The 18th century Barrows House has a new coat of paint and is enhanced with historically-appropriate plantings. Years of untamed growth have been removed to reveal an expansive lawn dubbed The Glen. More overgrowth has been removed to reveal hardy perennials not tended for decades in Deborah’s Garden.
Visitors participated in various guided walks–viewing vernal pools, wetlands, fields, forests, gardens, and foundations of farm outbuildings. Children petted a visiting herd of alpacas and went on a nature scavenger hunt. Local residents interested in the history of the site could hear a historical narrative by Bill Lewis and then view the evidence with their own eyes. Geocachers sought their own treasures. And those with energy to burn could circle the trails in either low or high gear.
The weather could not have been better–showing the preserve in a perfect light.
Read more about this event in an article published in The Sun Chronicle.
Many hands combined to help the Attleboro Land Trust complete a new split rail fence on the Richardson Preserve just in time for the Opening Celebration on June 9.
With the support of Sensata Technologies of Attleboro, four Sensata employees managed to complete the installation of more than 400 feet of split rail fencing along the western boundary of the property on May 31. This is yet another outstanding accomplishment in an ongoing partnership with Sensata.
Local businesses National Fence of Attleboro and Norton Equipment Rental were generous in their support of the project. The Attleboro Conservation Commission provided funds to purchase the materials.
The Attleboro Community Garden, now in its 20th year, opened on April 7th. Although it was a cold and dreary day, about 30 gardeners took part in opening day activities that included cleaning the grounds and adding soil and compost to garden plots. During the morning, gardeners also accepted a rest area and kiosk which were planned and built by Eagle Scout candidate Cameron Griswold.
Even with the unseasonably cool Spring, the Garden is starting to come to life. On May 2, Attleboro Girl Scout Troop 4984 stopped by the Garden and gave gardeners garden buckets. The Girl Scout troop took some of the proceeds they earned from cookie sales and made 60 garden buckets that they distributed to different organizations. The buckets contained, garden gloves, tools, seeds and a decoration.
Upcoming activities at the Garden this year include a ladybug release, scheduled for June 22 at 5:30 pm; garden party and potluck lunch on June 23 from 10:30 am to 1 pm, and a 20th Anniversary Celebration tentatively scheduled for September 8th.
Thank you, Sensata Team, for volunteering your skills and energies over two days of hard work to build three new boardwalks at the Richardson Preserve on October 12 and 19. Your efforts will enable us to open new trails that will be enjoyed by the public for years to come.