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    SVT Welcomes Two AmeriCorps Members for Coming Year

    SVT is pleased to welcome two members of the national AmeriCorps service program who joined our staff on September 8. ...

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  • Mainstone Farm in Wayland is one of the many properties that have been conserved with the help of CPA funds. Photo by Raj Das.
    Mainstone Farm in Wayland is one of the many properties that have been conserved with the help of CPA funds. Photo by Raj Das.

    CPA on the Ballot in Framingham, Shrewsbury

    In this fall's elections, the residents of Framingham and Shrewsbury will have a chance to approve the Community Preservation Act (...

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  • Photo by Pam Keeney.
    Photo by Pam Keeney.

    Bird Box Reports

    It's a banner year for bluebirds. SVT's volunteer bird box monitors are sending in their year-end reports, and they have seen...

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  • Forest Health Toolkit Now Available

    The Metrowest Conservation Alliance (MCA) has produced a Forest Health Toolkit to help conservation commissions and local land trusts...

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Impact

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Together with our 2900 members and 200 volunteers, we...

  • Conserve and care for over 5000 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.
  • Maintain more than 65 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.

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September 30, 2020 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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The Peach Hill Conservation Area is an 80-acre forest block owned by the Town of Berlin. It is located off Lancaster Road and Peach Hill Road in north Berlin, abutting the town line with Bolton. 

Peach Hill sits just across Lancaster Road from the Forty Caves Conservation Area, and it abuts another 157 acres of conservation land in Bolton, including the Fyfeshire Conservation Area and two farms that are protected with APRs (Agricultural Preservation Restrictions).

SVT stepped in to purchase and hold 30 acres of the land on behalf of the Town of Berlin while it sought grant funding for the purchase, which it completed in 2020. SVT now holds a CR (conservation restriction) on those 30 acres to ensure their protection in perpetuity.  The Town combined that land with an adjacent 50 acres of conservation land it already owned to create the Peach Hill Conservation Area. 

As part of the transaction, the Town of Bolton was given a small portion of the property (0.8 acres) that was situated in Bolton. This parcel adds to the Town of Bolton's Fyfeshire Conservation Area and allows its trail system to connect to Peach Hill Conservation Area.

The protection of these lands provide a key connector between conservation areas in the two towns to create a contiguous wildlife corridor and forest block totaling more than 1,150 acres!

SVT also assisted in creating new hiking trails at Peach Hill. The Mountain Laurel trail, marked with red paint blazes, starts at a forest road entrance on the east side of Lancaster Road and continues north to an intersection with a yellow-marked trail near the Bolton line. Turning right (east) will take you to Peach Hill Road. In the opposite direction, you can follow Bolton's yellow-marked trail to the Fyfeshire Conservation Area and Wattaquadock Hill Road.

PDF icon Peach Hill Conservation Area Trail Map

Nature Sightings

A bronze copper in Wayland, photographed by Lucian Vazquez.
A bronze copper in Wayland, photographed by Lucian Vazquez.

September 16, 2020

Lucian Vazquez photographed a bronze copper butterfly and a leopard frog at Sedge Meadow Conservation Land in Wayland.

A wood duck on the Sudbury River in Lincoln, photographed by Chris Errington.
A wood duck on the Sudbury River in Lincoln, photographed by Chris Errington.

September 15, 2020

Chris Errington photographed a wood duck in its eclipse plumage (late summer) and a double-crested cormorant along the Sudbury River in Lincoln.

A brown thrasher in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A brown thrasher in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

September 14, 2020

Gail Sartori photographed a brown thrasher in Maynard.

A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.

September 14, 2020

Kathy Spellman photographed this praying mantis in Framingham.

A colorful maple leaf in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A colorful maple leaf in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

September 4, 2020

Harold McAleer photographed this maple leaf offering a sneak peak of autumn in Lincoln.