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.
April 1, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am
Memorial Forest, Sudbury
April 6, 2017 9:30am to 11:00am
Turenne Wildlife Habitat, Southborough
April 13, 2017 9:30am to 11:00am
Williams Woods, Grafton
April 15, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am
Cowassock Woods, Framingham/Ashland
April 20, 2017 6:45pm to 8:30pm
Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland
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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.
March 21, 2017
Steve Forman photographed a red-tailed hawk in Framingham.
March 19, 2017
Robin Right photographed a flock of red-winged blackbirds, along with a mourning dove, near her Harvard home.
March 16, 2017
Steve from Stow photographed a gray squirrel and a red-tailed hawk near his home.
March 15, 2017
Steve from Stow photographed American robins, a northern cardinal, a dark-eyed junco, and the Moon from his back yard.
March 15, 2017
Sue Feldberg photographed American wigeons, ring-necked ducks, and wood ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough.