The Attleboro Land Trust recently benefitted from the completion of an Eagle project by Scout James Schwab of Troop 25 in Attleboro. James and his crew constructed three bulletin boards and installed one at each of these properties: the Leach Sanctuary, the Anthony Lawrence Wildlife Preserve, and the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve. The bulletin boards will be used to post trail maps, trail regulations, and other information about the properties. We appreciate the hard work that went into this project.
Even in the middle of winter, an observant hiker can be rewarded with a spot of color while walking on one of the Attleboro Land Trust’s nature preserves. This is British Soldier lichen, Cladonia cristatella, photographed in February, 2007, at the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve. The species gets its name because of the red caps that are a reminder of the red coats worn by British soldiers at the time of the American Revolution.
Like many lichen, this lichen is actually a combination of fungus and algae living in a symbiotic relationship. The fungus provides structure for the algae, while the algae turns sunlight into food which is shared with the fungus. The red caps contain reproductive spores.
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.
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!
Martha L. Nickerson was not only the donor of the 48 acres of land that is now the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve. Her life was filled with accomplishments. She held a doctorate in education and served as a school librarian and teacher, not only in Attleboro, but at U.S. military installations around the globe. On her travels she excelled at photography, capturing what she saw in color slides. Those images are now in the care of artist Kalliope Amorphous, who has been posting them on Instagram: