Together with our 2800 members and 200 volunteers, we...
- Conserve and care for over 4300 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers.
- Maintain more than 55 miles of hiking trails.
- Help friends and neighbors connect with nature through our events, programs, and outings.
- Assist local organizations in their efforts to protect the region’s most important natural areas.
February 22, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Sudbury
March 7, 2017 10:15am
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
March 11, 2017 11:00am to 12:30pm
Stearns Farm, Framingham
March 11, 2017 6:00pm
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
March 14, 2017 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Conference Room, Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Take a Hike
Cowassock Woods and Ashland Town Forest are composed of a mosaic of mixed hardwood forest types, wetlands, vernal pools and stream corridors. Sixty to eighty year old mixed hardwood forests – mixed oak and oak/hickory forest types - are the dominant natural communities.
These communities differ in structure and species composition depending on the dryness of the sites. Rocky outcrops on the property create the driest sites with more black birch and smaller oaks. There are patches of naturally occurring coniferous species including white pine and eastern hemlock. There is also a large area of planted 70-foot white pine and a smaller area of planted red spruce and red pine in the center of Cowassock Woods. There is a large red maple swamp on the northern section of the Ashland Town Forest and several smaller wetlands on the town property. Cowassock Brook begins at the maple swamp and runs southeast though the SVT portion of the property. This creates a rich corridor of red maple, highbush blueberry, skunk cabbage and a large diversity of sedges and wildflowers. In many areas, even the upland forest contains some wetland indicator species; there is most likely a ledge or high water table creating relatively moist upland soil.
February 16, 2017
Nicholas Milano photographed this peregrine falcon on City Hall in Marlborough.
February 10, 2017
Steve Forman photographed a pair of mallards on the Sudbury River in Wayland.
February 10, 2017
Steve Cumming used an automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph white-tailed deer in Stow.
February 5, 2017
Sandy Howard photographed this eastern bluebird near her Northborough home.
February 3, 2017
Amy Hansen photographed this turkey in Sudbury.