Public Forum: Habitat Restoration at Desert Natural Area/Memorial Forest

Program Details

Date and Time:

February 27, 2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Assabet River NWR Visitor Center, Hudson Road, Sudbury


Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship



Learn more about the Pitch Pine/Scrub Oak Barrens habitat restoration project at City of Marlborough’s Desert Natural Area and at Sudbury Valley Trustees’ Memorial Forest in Sudbury. 

This nationally imperiled habitat provides homes for many rare species. Of note at the Desert Natural Area are whip-poor-wills and wild lupine, which have been precipitously declining over the last 25 years. 

This year, as early as March, we will conduct two to three separate days of prescribed burns. Scheduling of the burns is weather dependent. Our consultants, Northeast Forest & Fire Management, have prepared a burn plan that has been approved by MassWildlife for restoration of rare species habitat. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has issued a burn permit. Both the Marlborough and Sudbury Fire Departments have met with our consultant and are supportive of the plan.

You can find up-to-date project information at Desert Natural Area Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Barrens Habitat Restoration.