SVT Acquires Smith Property!
On February 15, 2019, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) acquired the Smith Property, a spectacular 49-acre property on Whitcomb Avenue in Littleton.
The property boasts expansive views of Beaver Brook Marsh and Black Pond, and it provides valuable habitat for numerous species, including bobcat, bear, coyote, and porcupine, all of which have recently been spotted on the land.
In addition to our acqusition, the Town of Harvard's Conservation Commission purchased the 12 acres of the Smith Property that sit on the Harvard side of the town line. Going forward, SVT will manage the combined 61 acres.
SVT thanks the many individuals and foundations who contributed to our fundraising efforts, which included a crowdfunding campaign in November 2018.
SVT also thanks the Littleton Conservation Trust (LCT) for its support of the project. The LCT will continue to hold a conservation restriction over the property to ensure its ecological values are preserved.
We are currently working on a management plan and have sought input and advice from Harvard and Littleton residents. In addition, we will be conducting a BioBlitz environmental survey in June to catalog the species that live on the land. Everyone is invited to help!
To teach you the skills needed for the BioBlitz, we will hold two Discovery Days at the property in May and June. The May 18 session will focus on plants and pollinators. The June 1 session will cover herps and aquatics. Discovery Day participants can then join SVT for the BioBlitz on June 22, when we'll compilie a complete list of the species we encounter. Registration is required for all sessions (learn more).
We are also working on hiking trails that will provide public access to this reservation while remaining sensitive to the important wildlife habitat on the property. LCT will partner with us on the maintenance of the trails. A grand opening is anticipated for this upcoming summer.
Thank you to everyone who supported this project. We hope you'll take time to explore the land when the trails are complete.