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Johnson Farm Receives Community Support

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.
Sudbury voters have once again shown their dedication to community character and open space protection with approval of the purchase of 30+ acre Johnson Farm in south Sudbury. The proposal passed overwhelmingly at a special town meeting as well as at the ballot. Our thanks go to the many residents who worked hard to see this happen, and to town leaders and staff who put the final deal together.
Stay tuned for more news about ways you'll be able to access and enjoy this beautiful property and SVT's adjacent Lyons-Cutler Reservation!
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Holiday Pops Celebrates the Sudbury River

Sudbury River photograph by Richard Sebring
Attending the Boston Holiday Pops?  Keep your eyes and ears open for a musical journey on the Sudbury River.  The beauty of the Sudbury River has been captured by Richard Sebring, Principal Horn of the Boston Pops.  This is the second time he has composed a musical and visual journey on the river near and dear to his home.  The Boston Pops will perform the piece, entitled “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” during the first half of the concert, and will be accompanied by a display of Richard’s Sudbury River photographs and videos. 
"Sharing the winter splendor of the Sudbury Rier with so many people, through the magic of music and moving imagery, is a blessing." states Richard Sebring.  "And it's a special gift to have the matchless musicians of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus offer this brief respite at Boston's Symphony Hall during the busy holiday season."
Lying just a half hour west of Boston, the wild and scenic wonderland of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers displays a subtle, ephemeral natural beauty in every season. Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, where these images were captured, was once in danger of being bisected by high-tension power lines. Thanks to the preservation efforts of a hardy group of early river advocates, we are still able to escape the buzz of 21st-century life into the magical, wild world of Thoreau’s rivers. 
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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.