Walkingstick in Harvard
August 30, 2018
Robin Right photographed this walkingstick in Harvard.
Gray Tree Frog in Harvard
August 10, 2018
Robin Right photographed this gray tree frog in Harvard.
Dragonfly in Harvard
July 13, 2018
Robin Right photographed this dragonfly in Harvard.
White-tailed Deer and American Crow in Harvard
June 30, 2018
Steve Cumming used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph a white-tailed deer and an American crow in Harvard.
Success with Horse Meadows Knoll Fundraising!
SVT is excited to announce that we have met our fundraising goal for Horse Meadows Knoll! In Fall 2017, we launched a $285,000 fundraising campaign to assist the Harvard Conservation Trust in its efforts to protect this beautiful 47-acre property, and we are thrilled with how our members and the general public responded.
Many individuals stepped up with generous gifts, and the property's outstanding conservation values won the support of eight different foundations. We are especially grateful to Shalin Liu and the Summer Star Foundation for Nature, Art and Humanity, Inc. for getting us across the finish line with a generous $7320 gift.
We are working to establish a parking area and hope to open the property this fall. Stay tuned for updates!
White-tailed Deer in Harvard
July 2, 2018
Robin Right photographed this white-tailed deer in Harvard.
Tour a New Conservation Project
SVT and the Town of Harvard are teaming up to purchase the 49-acre Smith Property on the Harvard-Littleton line. By acquiring this land, we can ensure that its spectacular ecological assets are well managed in perpetuity, and we will be able to create public hiking trails that connect to those on adjacent conservation lands.
The Smith Property consists of 49 acres of forest, open fields, wetlands, and old farm fields. The property is wedged between Black Pond in Harvard and Beaver Brook in Littleton, with 1200 feet of frontage on both sides of Whitcomb Avenue in Harvard and Littleton. The Littleton Conservation Trust currently holds a conservation restriction (CR) over part of the land.
The public is invited to tour the property during a walk led by SVT’s Sr. Land Protection Specialist Ashley Davies:
- “Explore the Smith Land: Black Pond Walk” on August 4, 10:00 to 11:00 am Learn more and register
The walk is free and open to all ages.
The effort to acquire the Smith Property is part of a new initiative for SVT—the Ridge Initiative—an effort to protect over 800 acres of land along a ridge that runs from southwest to northeast along the Harvard, Boxborough, and Littleton lines. This area includes hundreds of acres of already protected lands as well as hundreds of acres of unprotected lands that emerged as some of the highest priority land for protection in SVT’s service area through a recent analysis of ecological values. A property that SVT and the Harvard Conservation Trust have conserved, Horse Meadows Knoll, serves as the southern anchor of the Initiative’s project area. The Smith Property serves as the northern anchor.
Vernal Pool Life in Harvard
April 28, 2018
Chris Renna recorded this video at a vernal pool in Harvard.
American robin in Harvard
June 1, 2018
Robin Right photographed this American robin in Harvard.
On February 15, 2019, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) acquired the Smith Property, a spectacular 49-acre property in Littleton, and the Town of Harvard purchased the 12 acres that sit on the Harvard side of the town line. Renamed the Smith Conservation Land, the 61-acre property consists of forest, open fields, wetlands, and old farm fields. It is wedged between Black Pond in Harvard and Beaver Brook in Littleton. The Littleton Conservation Trust (LCT) was a wonderful partner in this endeavor and will continue to hold a Conservation Restriction over the entire Smith Conservation Land. Learn more.