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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Newcomers & Friends: Bringing Earth Day Home - Apr 20

We are pleased to announce that Lisa Mosczynski and Susan Speers, volunteers with Metacomet Land Trust, will be joining us with a program on “Bringing Earth Day Home.”  The program will introduce the conservation group, with a focus on its work to preserve open space in Franklin since 1988. Metacomet is a member-supported nonprofit which serves 15 towns and is based in Franklin. 

To mark the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, Mosczynski and Speers will share a slide presentation on the group’s conservation work, education programs, and behind the scenes assistance to landowners and towns wishing to permanently preserve natural habitat. Metacomet’s local efforts include helping Franklin to connect town open space and Metacomet’s land. Metacomet is a 501-(c)-3 charity. More information can be found at www.MetacometLandTrust.org.

Bringing Earth Day Home
Bringing Earth Day Home

We welcome you to come join your friends and neighbors.  Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30.  Hot and cold appetizers and beverages are provided.  No need to be a newcomer to the area . . . and no need to RSVP. Come make connections in your community.  We are a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie. We are a member driven organization and are always excited to welcome new faces and new ideas.  

Newcomers and Friends Club: April Meeting Update
Newcomers and Friends Club

Residents of Franklin, or any surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, are welcome to join us. We run our meetings September through May, typically meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the month. We also hold many fun and varied events throughout the year to stay connected.

Look for us on our Meetup and Facebook pages for more information.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Newcomers-Friends https://facebook.com/FranklinNewcomersFriendsClub


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Celebrate the Earth with Metacomet Land Trust


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This Earth Day, We Look to the Future!

Spring is the season of hope and renewal and this Earth Day's theme asks us to make an investment in our planet. I'm asking you to help the Metacomet Land Trust do precisely that by replenishing our special Land Preservation Fund so we can continue our land preservation work and surpass the milestone of preserving 1,000 acres!

This fund was created with a bequest from Allan Shaw of Norfolk. Allan was a Metacomet Board member, a long time member of Norfolk's Conservation Commission and an ardent environmentalist. Our Land Preservation Fund is specifically designated to cover the due diligence costs needed to complete land preservation transactions. Out-of-pocket costs include attorney's fees (that we are fortunate to have deeply discounted), surveys, title searches, environmental contamination assessments and recording fees.

"We love where we live" and now we need to replenish and grow Allan's special fund. Our goal is to raise $15K this year. We are fortunate to start this campaign with a generous challenge donation that lets us match your gift up to $5,000 so we can reach and surpass our goals in acres and dollars in 2022. Please join others and #InvestInOurPlanet by giving a special donation to our Land Preservation Fund this Earth Day! 

In conservation,

Lisa Mosczynski, President

P.S. Your donation today can help us save more special properties for tomorrow!

If you can help, please mail a check to Metacomet at PO Box 231, Franklin MA 02038 or donate securely online at our giving page 
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Monday, March 21, 2022

MA topics recap - pilot payments, infrastructure funding, land preservation, and remote meeting access

“It’s about fairness. It’s about how do you want to participate in this city that you get city services from: police, fire, public works. I think you should share in those costs.”

So spoke Boston’s late former mayor, Thomas Menino, back in 2010, when talking about nonprofit universities and hospitals—”eds and meds” in popular parlance—and their community responsibilities.

House Bill 3080 (Senate Bill 1874) authored by Erika Uyterhoeven of Somerville and cosponsored by 19 fellow state legislators, would finally realize Menino’s vision and empower cities to set common rates. Under the legislation, cities could require  payments of up to 25 percent of commercial property tax rates for nonprofits with over $15 million in property and could include provisions for in-kind community benefit contributions in lieu of cash."

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"EFFORTS TO REPLACE  the MBTA’s entire Green Line trolley fleet, a statewide move toward electric vehicle adoption, and projects to make infrastructure more resilient in the face of climate change impacts would all get a boost under a $9.7 billion bond bill Gov. Charlie Baker outlined on Thursday.

Nearly two months after he first hinted at plans to file a new transportation bond bill, Baker offered an initial glimpse at a proposal the head of the MBTA expects will play a “catalytic role” to maximize money headed to Massachusetts under a new federal infrastructure law.

Once filed, the legislation will kick off debate over years of investments in the state’s pothole-dotted roads and bridges, aging public transit, and infrastructure ill-equipped to withstand the brunt of climate change."
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"WE OFTEN THINK  of floods, hurricanes, snowstorms and the like as threats to our normal way of life, but the COVID pandemic has shown us a unique threat that affects everyone in a very different way — isolation and inability to gather together.  What brought many of us through the last few years was the availability of nearby open spaces for outdoor passive recreation.  As much as we need to plan for 100-year floods, we also need to plan for 100-year pandemics.  Enter the Public Lands Preservation Act.

Massachusetts has a wonderful collection of State Parks with a huge variety of sites and activities along with Mass Audubon, The Trustees, The Trust for Public Land, and many local and regional private land trusts.  Most of the publicly owned open spaces are nominally protected in perpetuity under Article 97 of the Commonwealth Constitution.  However, the protection can be removed by a two-thirds vote of each branch of the Legislature.  Forty to fifty laws are enacted every legislative session removing protection from parcels protected “in perpetuity.”  How can we prevent this erosion of public land?  Enter the Public Lands Preservation Act."
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"THE DARKNESS OF the pandemic brought a surprise element of transparency to government, and a range of groups, including those representing individuals with disabilities, this week are calling on the Governor’s Council to resume online streaming of meetings where elected officials vet judicial candidates.

“In the case of government entities based in Boston, like the Governor’s Council, live streaming enables people to tune in from every corner of the state; discontinuing remote access is devastating for regional equity,” eight groups wrote in a letter Thursday that was sent to the eight-member council and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who chairs council meetings where Gov. Charlie Baker’s judicial nominees are considered. “Remote access is the latest instance of universal design — alongside curb cuts, elevators, closed captioning, audiobooks, and other features — that began as accommodations and expanded to universal popularity. Like these innovations and others emerging during the pandemic, remote access to public meetings should become a permanent feature.”
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MA issues recap - pilot payments, infrastructure funding, land preservation, and remote meeting access
MA issues recap - pilot payments, infrastructure funding, land preservation, and remote meeting access

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Good News: Conservation Resources for Our Community


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Good News for Local Conservation

In the press of daily life, sometimes the good news can be crowded out by the "less good" news. Yet, on the whole, it has been a very good year for land conservation in Massachusetts.

Local land trusts, major state conservation organizations and the Commonwealth have been quite busy working to protect natural resources that you can enjoy with your families.

We hope that if you're a farmer or land owner considering the future of your land, you take advantage of the information offered at Mass Woods and/or the MDAR. And, if you volunteer in your town or neighborhood or just want to learn more, please visit the Mass Woods website for town Open Space Committees. And all of us can take a moment to appreciate the ever-increasing success of the Community Preservation Act which passed a remarkable milestone this week. Links to all are below.


We're looking on the bright side - and forward to another good year for conservation,


Lisa Mosczynski
President

 
New Website to Help Local Open Space Committees
 
MASS WOODS, a partnership of the State Extension service and U-Mass, continues to offer technical assistance to the conservation community, with help for landowners (https://masswoods.org/legacy)  and those of us working locally or regionally to preserve forests and open space. This fall, they expanded a program for local Open Space Committees and it's loaded with helpful info and networking opportunities. If you're volunteering in your town, check out this page which links to a number of additional resources.


STATE MATCH OF CPA FUNDING SETS RECORD!


A record $79 Million has been awarded to 77 cities and towns which have adopted the CPA! Great news for conservation, recreation, affordable housing and historic preservation across the state!

"This year marks the single largest distribution of funds to CPA communities in the history of the program, even taking into consideration the years in which state budget surplus funds were added to the CPA Trust Fund. The $79.7 million distributed to CPA communities smashed the previous record distribution of $68.1 million set in 2007. Additionally, for almost all communities, this was the fourth straight year that the Trust Fund distribution increased."

The full announcement and links to projects which have been funded by CPA are available at the Community Preservation Coalition  (
https://www.communitypreservation.org/home/news/november-2021-statewide-trust-fund-distribution-announced)

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Metacomet Land Trust: Capturing the Season

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Metacomet Land Trust: Capturing the Season
Got Pumpkins? Recycle That Jack! 

Most of us in New England love Halloween and the traditions around it from contests to grow the largest pumpkin on down to carving or painting a Jack O' Lantern with kids. But what happens to your Jack after October 31st?

Don't throw it in the trash – try one of these:

  • Save the seeds and roast them (on parchment paper) to make a tasty snack or to top a soup at Thanksgiving.
  • Dogs love cooked pumpkin, says our board member Ann Hanscom. Peel, chop and cook – it's good for their health. Patrice Murphy, in Mendon, has a neighbor whose chickens also love pumpkin.
  • Our friends at Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon accept donations of healthy, non-decorated pumpkins. Our Board President Lisa Mosczynski, whose family has kept cattle for years, reports her cows also love pumpkin!
  • Deer and squirrels will also eat pumpkin even after you've lit a candle in your Jack on Halloween, Board members Susan Speers and Ann Hanscom report.
  • Add it to your compost pile, the ultimate recycling system.
  • And, of course, if you don't carve a Jack O'Lantern but paint a face on the outside, YOU can enjoy the cooked pumpkin in all of your holiday dishes! You can cook and then freeze the mashed pumpkin in one cup amounts for each use in your recipes. More ideas here on GrowVeg
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

September Events with Metacomet Land Trust




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This wonderful little songbird
This wonderful little songbird was safely tagged and released in May as part of bird-banding projects in our region. See below for our September 14th event at which you can help this effort!

Upcoming Hikes in Blackstone with Volunteer Tom Bik

Tom Bik is leading two free hikes in Blackstone in early September. Please check our calendar and join us to visit the Blackstone River Gorge and Metacomet's Hop Brook Conservation Area!

Thursday, September 5th - Afternoon Guided 1-Mile Hike, Blackstone Gorge State Park, end of County Street, Blackstone, MA. 4:30 p.m.

Join Blackstone Heritage Corridor Trail Ambassador and Metacomet Land Trust board member Tom Bik on a guided, one-mile hike in the woods along the Blackstone River. Tom will highlight the history and natural resources along the Blackstone River Gorge. This easy-to-moderate hike is just long enough to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts and short enough for beginners. Free and open to all. Rain date September 6th, 2019, same time. This event is co-sponsored with the Go! events program of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.
 
Saturday, September 7th Morning Nature Walk, Hop Brook Conservation Area, Mendon Street, Blackstone MA. 10:00 a.m.

Please join us for a morning nature walk at our Hop Brook Conservation Area in Blackstone at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6th. Tom will guide you and your family through the woodlands of this large preserve. Metacomet's property is a key protected area within more than 1,000 acres of conservation land. For more information please email info@metacometlandtrust.org or call 508-271-7131. This event is free and open to all. In case of rain the walk will take place on September 8th at the same time. The entrance to the parking lot is opposite 249 Mendon Street, in Blackstone. The Google Map link is:
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Metacomet Land Trust Annual Meeting - Sunday, May 19

Hello!

To help you through this cold, wet spring we've scheduled an exciting speaker for our land trust annual meeting on Sunday, May 19 at the Nipmuc High School.

Doug Harris will present Let the Landscape Speak and will delve into the characteristics and possible meanings behind the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape that surrounds us in New England. Often hidden in plain sight in our forests and fields, these enigmatic stone structures can be remnants of a network built by Indigenous Americans for ceremonial and other purposes. 

Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, has been Tribally certified in the identification of ceremonial stone features for 16 years. Harris will present an illustrated talk showing the various types of Indigenous ceremonial stone features found in the region.

Won't you join us with a preview of our silent auction items at 1 PM with our program starting at 2 PM? A visit to Upton's Chamber will be offered depending on the weather.

Please be sure to join us and invite friends and family as well!

Find more info at https://metacometlandtrust.org/event/metacomet-land-trust-annual-meeting/

If you cannot make it please consider sending your proxy ballot for the annual meeting to me at this address. It can be found in our annual report here

https://metacometlandtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2018-Metacomet-Land-Trust-Anual-Report-1.pdf


In conservation,
Lisa


Lisa Mosczynski
President
Metacomet Land Trust
508-341-4876

Metacomet Land Trust Annual Meeting - Sunday, May 19
Metacomet Land Trust Annual Meeting - Sunday, May 19