Come to NRTB's 9th Annual Meeting
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|What's a Vernal Pool?
Tricia Cassidy, a wetlands expert, will introduce you to the exotic frogs, salamanders, insects and plants that inhabit vernal pools for a short time each spring. Come experience this New England springtime phenomenon. More...
|Earth Day 2007
Each of Bridgewater's Park Sites will have work crews cleaning
up winter debris.
Come join us from 9am to Noon
at anyone of the Parks... More
Friday, March 30, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Polish Club, 127 Spring St., Bridgewater
Featured Speaker - Charles Saulnier
Environmental Educator of the Year
"Making Connections to Nature"
Update on NRTB projects; Short business meeting
Silent Auction and Raffle; Light appetizers and desserts
Special Offer from
Bridgewater Artist to Benefit NRTB
Bridgewater artist Tom Lowell has painted "Autumn Glow" - a beautiful portrayal of Great Hill in Bridgewater. The artist is making prints of this original acrylic painting available to members of NRTB through a special offer. (To view the print and for information about the artist click here.)
The retail price of the 11" x 15" inch print is $30 matted or $115 framed. Tom and his wife, Brenda, have generously offered to donate 40% of the sale price of each print to NRTB. So anyone purchasing the print at the price of $30 will actually be making a $12 donation to NRTB. (For the framed print, the purchaser will pay $115, with $46 being a donation to NRTB.) If you would like to purchase one of these lovely prints, please call NRTB at 508-697-7317 and leave a message.
Phase One of the Town River Landing Project is now under construction!!
The Mass Fish & Game Office of Fishing & Boating Access will complete the Canoe Launch and Parking Area portion of the project by this Spring. NRTB is now raising funds to finish the engineering study, bridge design, permitting and construction of concrete bridge abutments by the end of 2007.
New Photos of the Landing Project are available in the NRTB Gallery.
More Good News!
We announce the following March workshops and urge all Parkland Stewards to attend. NRTB will reimburse full tuition with proof of attendance. This is part of the on-going Volunteer Stewardship Training Program that the land trust promised the community.
3 March 2007 - MACC Annual Environmental Conference at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester - www.maccweb.org
24 March 2007 - Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference at Bancroft School, Worcester
A Community Read
Conservation Parkland System Introduction 101
To promote initial awareness of the municipal Conservation Parkland System, NRTB urges the community to read all 6 Conservation Parkland histories and their companion narration, the Town River Shoreline Survey, during the month of January 2007.
These stories are complete with pictures, maps, and folklore, and contain the natural, cultural and historical information for Carver's Pond, Titicut, Wyman Meadow, Tuckerwood, Stiles & Hart, and the Iron Works Parkland, plus the Conservation Commission's approved Action Plan for each site. The Town River story chronicles a canoe trip along the whole 13-mile river.
They are available electronically through links on the www.nrtb.org website, and hard copy is available at the Public Library.
The Community Preservation Act provides cities and towns with a means of accumulating funds for open space protection, historic preservation, and affordable housing. Because the funds are matched at the state level, the program would be a great bargain for Bridgewater. Find out more from the Community Preservation Act Coalition.
Until the Town of Bridgewater finishes an update to it's Open Space & Recreation Plan, it remains ineligible for a variety of state and foundation grants, because our Open Space Plan lapsed in 2001. Find out why renewing this document is important at the EOEA Open Space Plan page
Local citizens have formed the Natural Resources Trust of Bridgewater as a land trust in order to promote the conservation of land in Bridgewater and adjoining communities. A land trust is important to the future of Bridgewater because of changes in land use that are taking place as the region continues to experience robust economic growth.
Our Vision - We will lead the community in preserving and maintaining our natural environment. Learn more about us and join our mission.
As a private nonprofit organization committed to Land Preservation and Natural Resource Conservation, NRTB's goal in sponsoring these many programs for the municipal CONSERVATION PARKLAND SYSTEM and the PARKLAND STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL is to foster a CONNECTION between the Community and their Open Space Conservation Parklands, to CHALLENGE the Community to UNDERSTAND and take PRIDE in these Special Places, and to ultimately CARE and PROTECT these irreplaceable Conservation Parklands as part of the town's heritage.