Volunteer Week Update: Activities Rescheduled Due to Rain

Framingham Roadside Cleanup, April 23, 2017
Youth in Philanthropy, Photo by Julie Williams
Youth in Philanthropy, Photo by Julie Williams

Thank you to everyone who has participated in SVT's projects during National Volunteer Week. Unfortunately, the rainy weather has forced us to alter some of our planned activities.

The Buckthorn Pull at Memorial Forest in Sudbury, which was planned for today (Tuesday, April 25), has been rescheduled for Monday, May 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Register.

The Buckthorn Pull at Gowing's Swamp in Concord, which is on the schedule for tomorrow (Wednesday, April 26), has been called off.  We have not yet rescheduled this event. 

But before the rains came, the week got off to a great start.

On Saturday, April 22, SVT celebrated Earth Day and kicked off National Volunteer Week with a great crew from Youth in Philanthropy from the MetroWest Foundation.  At the Baiting Brook Meadow Farm CR in Framingham, the team—led by SVT MassLIFT-AmeriCorps members Lisa Long and Chelsea Polevy and SVT volunteer Bill Fadden—cleaned up and rehabilitated trails which were affected during recent forestry operations. The group also built a trail section to a historic Boy Scout camp on the property.  Despite the soggy day, enthusiasm was high. We invite you to visit SVT's trails in Northwest Framingham, which connect to Callahan State Park.

On Sunday, April 23, a team of SVT volunteers beautified roadsides in northwest Framingham by collecting litter along Edmands and Nixon Roads. Beginning at the Edmands Road entrance to Callahan State Park, volunteers collected discarded bottles and trash along the road in front of many SVT properties and residential homes.  The strong teamwork and good cheer of the team made for light work. 

Interested in becoming an SVT volunteer?  Contact Michael Sanders.


Time to Make Plans for Summer Camp

This summer, SVT's Wolbach Farm will once again be a host site for Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm camp program. The three-day to five-day sessions are designed for children entering pre-K to Grade 1.

The Drumlin Farm Summer Camp program helps young children connect with nature as they play, use their imaginations, and explore various habitats. Themes for this year's sessions include "Wings and Things," "Fuzzy Wuzzies," "Marvelous Mammals," and "Spineless Wonders." 

The first session will be held the week of June 26. Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Registrations are now being accepted. Learn more.

Sign Up for National Volunteer Week with SVT: April 23-29

SVT has planned several events for National Volunteer Week, which runs from Sunday, April 23, to Saturday, April 29. It's not too late to make plans to join us for one of these events.

Plus, we recently added a new event for April 29 in Framingham. Click each link to learn more and register:

If you are a new SVT volunteer or simply want to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please attend our Volunteer Orientation during Volunteer Week (light refreshments will be served):

Monday, April 24, 6:00 pm
Wolbach Farm
18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury, MA

To register for the orientation, please contact Michael Sanders at, 978-443-5588 x111.

If you can't attend a Volunteer Week activity but are still interested in volunteering for SVT, check out our Volunteer page where you can learn more about our entire Volunteer Program.

Mainstone Farm Is Protected!

Nan Balmer, Wayland Town Administrator, and Lisa Vernegaard, Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, are pleased to announce that conservation of Mainstone Farm was completed on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. A Conservation Restriction (CR) was recorded that permanently protects 208 acres of the farm’s pastures and forest. A second CR protects an additional 10-acre area of the farm, within which one single family home may be built in the future.

Ms. Balmer stated: “I am sure that the Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission, and Community Preservation Committee join me in thanking the whole community that came together to accomplish the preservation of such a rich landscape. We all will be the beneficiaries. “

The CR was purchased from the Hamlen family for $15 million, which represented a discount from an appraised value of $17 million. Last May, Wayland voters approved spending $12 million for the CR with Community Preservation Funds, and SVT raised the remaining $3 million from individuals and foundations.

“What an extraordinary win for conservation!” said Ms. Vernegaard. “Our regional wildlife, our hikers, and Wayland residents will celebrate this day for generations to come.”

The CR will allow the Hamlens to continue farming on the property. SVT, together with the Town of Wayland, will maintain trails that are open to the public and are currently accessible from the Hamlen Woods conservation area on Rice Road. Additional parking will soon be available off Forest Hill Road. 

The Town and SVT thank the Hamlen family for the opportunity to work with them to protect this beautiful landscape, as well as the many residents who have supported the effort over the past year.  


See related stories about this conservation effort:


Internship Opportunities

SVT has internship opportunities for Summer 2017. These 10-hour/week positions offer a great chance for a young conservationist to gain valuable experience while supporting SVT's mission:

Stewardship Intern: The Stewardship Intern will assist with maintaining SVT's reservations. Primary responsibilities will include locating, marking, and monitoring property boundaries and general monitoring of properties. The Intern will also assist with other stewardship activities including both office and field work (such as property maintenance and trail mowing) and working with volunteers. Read the complete Stewardship Intern description.

Community Engagement Intern: The Community Engagement Intern will collaborate with the Membership & Outreach staff to coordinate outreach and education events that encourage public support of land conservation. The intern will represent SVT at public events such as farmer's markets and will assist with the logistics of our annual Trail Fest. The intern will also assist with SVT's social media communications.  Read the complete Community Engagement Intern description.



SVT Seeks TerraCorps Members for 2017 - 2018

SVT's 2016 - 2017 MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Members: Emily Anderson, Lisa Long, and Chelsea Polevy

SVT is pleased to announce we will once again host three TerraCorps members (formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps) during the 2017 - 2018 service year.

Part of the national AmeriCorps program, TerraCorps members spend 11 months of service at a nonprofit conservation organization in Massachusetts, where they help their host organization engage the local community and expand its capacity for the future. In return, TerraCorps members receive a living allowance, an education award, and additional benefits.

The service year runs from August 28, 2017, to July 25, 2018.

Click the links to learn more about the open SVT positions:

Community Engagement Coordinator
Land Stewardship Coordinator
Regional Conservation Coordinator


Spring Membership Drive: Invite Friends and Family to Join SVT

Spring is finally in the air!  The trees are budding, the birds are singing, and the whole world is preparing to celebrate Earth Day.

What better time to join SVT?

We're aiming to add 500 members by June 30 so we can ramp up our efforts and protect even more land in the next two years. 

To make this more fun, we've added some incentives:

Every new member who joins SVT by June 30 will be entered into a drawing for a Scott SUB Urban Bicycle, a pair of Red Sox tickets, or an SVT goody bag. We'll hold the drawing at our members-only Ice Cream Social in July.

During April and May, members are invited to bring a non-member guest to our programs for the member price--usually free! Check out our program calendar.

On May 13, we're holding a Member-Guest Beer in the Barn event to introduce others to SVT and encourage them to join. To attend, members must bring a non-member guest. Local breweries Navigation Brewing and Rapscallion will be serving craft beer samples. Read more about Beer in the Barn

Please join SVT today! Your membership will help us expand our impact in this region. Thank you for your support.

Weekday Walk at Turenne Postponed

Because of the showers that are forecasted for Thursday, April 6, we have postponed the Weekday Walk at the Wilfred J. Turenne  Wildlife Habitat in Southborough.  We have rescheduled the walk for Wednesday, April 12, at 9:30 a.m.

Chelsea Polevy, a MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Member, will lead this guided walk through dry woodlands with rocky outcrops and oak, hickory, white birch, white pine trees. A particular highlight of this property is a garden that SVT transformed from a messy tangle of invasive plants to a diverse mix of native wildflowers and shrubs that attract birds and butterflies. 

The walk is free for both members and non-members. Registration required.


Conservation Groups Meet with State Legislators

On Friday, March 24,  SVT held its first-ever Land & Water Legislative Breakfast in partnership with OARS at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury. Legislators from the region met with conservation practitioners to strengthen relationships and discuss priorities in land and water issues.

Legislators in attendance included Sen. Michael Barrett, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Rep. Jack Lewis, Rep. Carmine Gentile, and Rep. Chris Walsh. Also in attendance were Alyssa Ring (an aide to Rep. Harold P. Naughton) and Karen Frecker (an aide to Rep. Kate Hogan).  The conservation practitioners representatives from local conservation commissioners, land trusts, river advocates, and tourism and recreation groups.

The event included an open discussion to share ideas and help one another set priorities for environmental action. Legislators urged constituents to call and write them, whether it be in support of or in opposition to their work. They also advised that constituents advocate to their local government representatives.

A number of proposed laws concerning the environment were discussed. To learn more about these proposed laws, take a look at the Environmental League of Massachusetts’ 2017-18 legislative priorities.  Although the federal government’s role in environmental protection has weakened over the past few months, it is clear that Massachusetts will continue to be a leader in environmental conservation.

Thank you to all who attended this event and helped make it a success – we look forward to hosting you again next year!

And thanks to Panera for providing bagels.

Join SVT for National Volunteer Week

As National Volunteer Week 2017 approaches, SVT has planned several volunteer projects. We invite you to participate in any or all. Click each link to learn more and register:

If you are a new SVT volunteer or simply want to learn more about our volunteer opportunities, please attend our Volunteer Orientation during Volunteer Week (light refreshments will be served):

Monday, April 24, 6:00 pm
Wolbach Farm
18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury, MA

To register for the orientation, please contact Michael Sanders at, 978-443-5588 x111.

If you can't attend a Volunteer Week activity but are still interested in volunteering for SVT, check out our Volunteer page where you can learn more about our entire Volunteer Program.