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Tri-Town Art Show February 6-8

This artwork by Cecilia Sharma was inspired by a Mark Levinson photograph in the Tri-Town region of Northborough, Berlin, and Boylston
Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is hosting a weekend Art Show at Berlin’s 1870 Town Hall with original paintings and photographs, inspired by the natural beauty of Northborough, Berlin and Boylston. The artists’ work reflects the importance of SVT’s latest conservation endeavor in this region, the Tri-Town Landscape Protection (“Tri-Town”) Project. The Town of Berlin, the Town of Northborough, the Town of Boylston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts join SVT in an effort to protect 500 acres of land that comprises quality habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. Working in a nine-square-mile area around Mount Pisgah and the Wachusett Reservoir, the group is striving to save an ecologically important and visually stunning landscape from further development. 
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Bring Your Honey to the Beehive Jive

Beehive Jive - The Place to "Bee"
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015, 6:30-10:30pm at the Sheraton in Framingham, join us for SVT's 21st Annual Benefit dinner dance.  This year's theme, "Beehive Jive", provides a festive opportunity to help preserve essential habitat while celebrating this important pollinator.  It will be the place to "bee".  Tickets can be purchased on SVT's Benefit web page.  For more information, or to inquire about auction donations, corporate sponsorship, or hosting a table, please contact Michael Sanders.
  • Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
  • Dinner and dancing
  • Silent Auction
  • Attire:  "Bee Creative"
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Conservation of the Beard CR in Wayland

The Beard CR includes trails that connect to SVT land. Photo by Raj Das
Wayland’s John and Molly Beard have fulfilled their long-time goal of conserving their Hazelbrook Lane property with the gift of a conservation restriction (CR) to Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Town of Wayland. The CR, which was recorded on December 23rd, covers over ten acres of land adjacent SVT’s Hazel Brook Conservation Area. Under the terms of the CR, the Beards will continue to own and manage the land but it will be protected from development in perpetuity.
The wooded property is long and narrow and includes frontage on Stone’s Pond, through which Hazel Brook flows before eventually emptying into the Sudbury River.  It includes trails that connect to SVT’s Hazel Brook Conservation Area, which have long been available for use by the public through the Beard’s generosity, and which are now permanently protected through this transaction. Across Stone’s Pond from the Beard property lie the Lincoln Road Fields, which were also permanently protected when the Town of Wayland purchased a CR on them earlier in 2014. 
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Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project

Brissette in Boylston by Jesse Koyen.
On the western edge of the Sudbury Valley Trustees region in the towns of Berlin, Boylston, and Northborough, lies some of the most intact and important unprotected wildlife habitat in eastern Massachusetts. Working in a nine-square mile area around Mount Pisgah, Wrack Meadow, and the Wachusett Reservoir, the partners in the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project (SVT and the Towns of Berlin and Northborough) seek to protect 500 acres of land comprised of quality habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. With this project, the partners are connecting valuable natural landscapes to link the area up to the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire though a network of conservation land. With the receipt of a State Landscape Partnership Program grant of $1.47M and agreements with a number of landowners, the project is well underway and should be completed by June 2015!
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Sudbury Valley Trustees
is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations.