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Help Save Johnson Farm

Johnson Farm is part of a corridor of protected land that buffers Hop Brook, a tributary of the Sudbury River. This Nature Sightings photo shows a great blue heron nest colony in this corridor, photographed by Robin Right.
Johnson Farm is a 35-acre property in Sudbury that abuts SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation. It is also the subject of a 68-unit housing development that is currently well-along in the permitting process. Fortunately, the Sudbury Selectmen have recently reached an agreement to purchase the property from the landowner for $2.9 million.  
We must act quickly!
Subdury residents will have an opportunity to vote on this acquisition at a Special Town Meeting on December 3rd, followed by a ballot vote on December 9th.  Learn more at
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Give Thanks for the Land #GivingTuesday

We are grateful that SVT protects and provides stewardship to the open spaces that are so beautiful and so close.  Because of SVT, a ramble in the woods is always close at hand. On Giving Tuesday, (December 2nd), please join us in making a special contribution to Sudbury Valley Trustees.-Sherrill Cline
GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. After the feasting of Thanksgiving and the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday brings people together to celebrate generosity and to give.
At SVT, we Give Thanks for the Land! Join us in celebrating conservation! 
  1. 1.  Go outside, take a #GivingTuesday photo, and tell others why you are thankful for the land and SVT. Download and print an SVT #GivingTuesday sign or make your own. Creativity encouraged! 
  2. 2.  Post your photos to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Be sure to mention Sudbury Valley Trustees and #SVTweb in your post.
  3. 3.  Email photos to SVT ( so we can share too!
  4. 4.  If you are thankful for the beautiful open spaces and wildlife around you, make a special gift to SVT on #GivingTuesday.
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Save Whitehall Woods - 203 Pond Street, Hopkinton

SVT seeks to permanently protect 40 acres of land on Pond Street in Hopkinton. P
Sudbury Valley Trustees has joined with the Friends of Whitehall, Hopkinton Area Land Trust, the Friends of Upton State Forest, Bay State Trail Riders Association, and New England Mountain Bike Association to form the Whitehall Woods Alliance, which seeks to permanently protect 40 acres of land on Pond Street in Hopkinton. The land has been approved by the Hopkinton Planning Board for a 12-lot open space subdivision, but given the property's location between the Whitehall Reservoir and the Upton State Forest, among other attributes, many feel that it warrants full preservation. You can make a donation, make a pledge, or learn more about the property.
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Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project

Golas Farm in Boylston by Bill Shelley.
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.