Porcupine in Littleton
December 9, 2018
Dan Stimson used an automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this porcupine at the Smith Property in Littleton. Learn more about SVT's effort to protect the Smith Property, and how you can help.
The George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land, which is owned by the Town of Littleton, is located in a scenic rural corner of the town. It links with other conserved lands in the area, creating a network of open space that is beneficial to wildlife.
SVT holds a conservation restriction (CR) on the Yapp property, partnering with the town to ensure its permanent protection.
Saving the Smith Property: We Reached Our Goal!
Update, November 6, 2018: We reached our crowdfunding goal!
Nearly 100 donors came together to contribute over $35,000 to this campaign ($35,799 to be exact). This enthusiastic support energizes us to secure the remaining funds for the project through foundation grants. Thank you to all who contributed.
SVT and the Town of Harvard—with the cooperation of Littleton Conservation Trust—are teaming up to purchase the 60-acre Smith Property and protect its ecological assets.
The property, which has been owned by the Smith family for generations, includes forest, wetlands, and old farm fields. It runs along both sides of Whitcomb Avenue and is wedged between Black Pond in Harvard and Beaver Brook in Littleton.
With all of these features and with caverns and caves scattered throughout, the Smith Property has become a beloved community asset, well-known for its spectacular views, its unique wildlife habitat, and its agricultural history.
Once we purchase the property, we'll create hiking trails so the public can explore and enjoy this beautiful landscape.
SVT must raise $185,000 for our portion of the project. We have applied for several foundation grants, and we have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $35,000 toward the purchase price by November 15.
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.
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.
Black Bear Track in Littleton
December 15, 2016
Christa Collins photographed this American black bear track in Littleton, near the Harvard line.
Spicebush Swallowtail in Littleton
July 3, 2016
Robin Right photographed this spicebush swallowtail butterfly at Prouty Woods in Littleton.
Turkey vulture in Littleton
June 14, 2016
Jane Chrisfield photographed this turkey vulture with a gray squirrel in Littleton.
Black Bear in Littleton
May 29, 2016
Jane Chrisfield photographed this American black bear in Littleton.
Wildlife at Yapp Conservation Area
March 10, 2016
Tom Fama photographed a barred owl and a wood frog at SVT's Yapp CR in Littleton, during a recent Weely Trail Walk. For future walks, see our Program Calendar.