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Join the Crowd to Save 500 Acres!

South View of Mt. Pisgah photograph by Craig Smith
SVT is launching its first ever crowdfunding campaign to support the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Project, an effort to protect 500 acres of land that comprises quality wildlife habitat, working farms, and recreational trails in the three towns of Berlin, Boylston, and Northborough.
We have been successful in raising funds from state, municipal, and private sources that have brought us close to our goal of $3.6M, but we need your support to close the gap. The goal of this crowdfunding campaign is to raise $25,000 by reaching out to lovers of land and wildlife. Spread the word!
The campaign is launched at www.worthwild.com/initiatives/47 and will run through July 31.
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Framingham Adds 13 Acres to Wittenborg Woods

Congratulations to Framingham on the conservation of the Snow Property.
In 1999, the Town of Framingham, with funding and assistance from SVT and the State Department of Environmental Management (now the Department of Conservation and Recreation), purchased and permanently protected approximately 83 acres of woodland in northwest Framingham, now known as Wittenborg Woods. This June, another 13 acres were added to Wittenborg Woods with the Town’s acquisition of the former Snow property on Wayside Inn Road. 
This parcel had long been a priority for protection because it includes well-used trails that are part of the Wittenborg Woods trail system, and because development of the parcel into house lots would have had very negative consequences on the wildlife habitat and recreation values. When the landowner, Edith Snow, passed away a few years ago, SVT worked with her estate’s representatives to explore options for protection, including bringing in the abutting landowners, who served as “conservation buyers” when they stepped in to buy and hold the property until a conservation transaction was assured. 
The conservation buyers carved off and sold the existing, single family home on the property and sold the remaining 13 acres the Town as an addition to the Wittenborg Woods conservation area, which connects to some of SVT’s Northwest Framingham properties through the Bay Circuit Trail. To purchase the $675,000 property, the Town of Framingham applied for and received a $400,000 state LAND (Local Areas for Natural Diversity) grant and added $275,000 from the town’s conservation fund with the approval of Town Meeting.
Our congratulations go to the Town of Framingham on this important conservation achievement!
 
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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.