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Pumpkin Patch Children's Day

Pumpkin Patch Children's Day
Saturday, October 17 - Noon-4:00pm.  "Pumpkin Patch Children's Day" at Wolbach Farm is a family-friendly costume party, fun for all ages.  Special thanks to our sponsors, TD Bank and Waymark Wealth Management.  Thanks as well to Rede ABR A Brasilieira WSRO 650-AM, WBAS 1240AM, WZBR 1410AM for their partnership.  All guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.  Bring the family for a plethora of activities and games.  SVT Members attend FREE.  Non-member cost is only $2.00 per person, with a maximum of $10.00 per family.
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Greenways Conservation Area Habitat Restoration

Volunteers help with 1,800 plants at Greenways Conservation Area, north field Habitat Restoration
This summer SVT is restoring the plentiful biodiversity of the Greenways Conservation Area north field through the planting of wildflowers and grasses that support native pollinators. Growing in these plots, is common milkweed, the host plant of the monarch butterfly, a species that has experienced a 90% decline in its population over the past 20 years.  Along with the easily recognizable milkweed, a suite of other native plants have been planted; Joe-pye weed is a valuable nectar source for many butterfly species; New England aster is another common nectar source and a host plant of the pearl crescent butterfly; gray goldenrod is a popular nectar source for both honey bees and butterflies; purple lovegrass will host the zabulon skipper, an uncommon butterfly on the northern edge of its range, and little bluestem will play host to the crossline skipper.
With so much concern for bees and other pollinators, SVT has reduced competition from previously abundant invasive species through responsible stewardship, and now these native plants will be able to spread and colonize the remainder of the field, creating a wealth of diversity and a refuge for these valuable insects.
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Tri-Town Protection Project Creates Lasting Family Legacies

Morse Woods photograph by Bill Shelley
Two more properties have been protected as part of the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project, each continuing a legacy of stewardship and conservation.
On June 15th, the 21.75-acre Rawstron Woods, off Mentzer Avenue in Northborough, was protected by a conservation restriction (CR) purchased and held jointly by SVT and the Town of Northborough.
The Rawstrons moved their family to Northborough in the early sixties and immediately said to each other that the land surrounding them should never be developed. For several years they waited until it came up for sale and paid the asking price. The Rawstrons raised their children on the property and Ann Rawstron recalled teaching each of her eight children to ski on a small slope of the property.
The Rawstrons donated a CR over 62 of the property’s acres in 2002 and since then have been grateful to see three of their children and five of their grandchildren move close enough to enjoy the land regularly. With the Tri-Town Protection Project the Rawstrons have conserved much of the remaining land. The Rawstrons have also donated a perpetual trail easement, over all of their conserved land, to the Town of Northborough as part of this project. Trails will be constructed in the near future and will be accessible via the Green Street Conservation Land.
On June 23rd, the Town of Berlin purchased 23 acres of woodland on Crosby Road from the Mathews family in a less than fair market value sale. The Town then conveyed a CR to SVT on the property, which will be known as Morse Woods. The property is named after Marjorie Morse Mathews, whose family had owned the property for several generations. Mrs. Mathews, who passed away at the age of 87 in 2014, recalled fond memories of meeting cousins from far and wide at this mid-point for picnics. She was delighted at the opportunity to see the land permanently protected, and her sons fulfilled her wishes after her passing.
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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.