The Westford Conservation Trust will have a table at the Westford Climate Action’s Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 2-5 pm. We will be giving away free tree seedlings* and native shrubs* in honor of Earth Day. Come visit us to learn more about what we do and how you can help protect open space and natural resources.
We will also have a Free Raffle with some fun prizes!
Find out more on the Westford Climate Action website at https://westfordclimateaction.org/earth-month/
*for info on how to plant your bare root tree and shrub seedlings – check the UNH Cooperative Extension website at https://extension.unh.edu/resource/planting-and-care-tree-seedlings-fact-sheet
Gardening for Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change
If you missed Trevor Smith’s Gardening for Wildlife webinar, a recording is now posted on Westford Climate Action’s website at https://westfordclimateaction.org/events/ under Past Events.
Monday, April 10, 2023, @ 7 pm
The evidence is clear: Climate change is here! What does this mean for our native flora and fauna? And what can one homeowner really do to mitigate a global crisis? Trevor Smith will talk about how our plant choices and simply changing the way we maintain our properties can make a difference in our local ecology. Trevor makes it clear that the power to slow or stop climate change does not rest solely in the hands of the government. We can all make a difference. His presentation will leave you inspired and empowered to take action.
Trevor Smith is Design and Education Manager at Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. He is passionate about the natural world which inspires his commitment to sustainable landscaping practices in an era of climate change.
Sign up for this online event at https://westfordclimateaction.org/events/.
APRIL EARTH MONTH GUIDED NATURE WALKS HOSTED BY WCT
During April, hikes and nature walks, led by Westford Conservation Trust members, will be offered on Saturdays:
Saturdays in April 2023
No registration is required for these walks.
Saturday April 1, 9–10:30 a.m. A Walk to the Stone Arch Bridge
This walk will be led by Lenny Palmer, and will run rain or shine. The trail is easy and mostly flat.
It leads to the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge, a stone railroad bridge built over Stony Brook in
1872 of stone blocks without mortar. Meet Len at the Stone Arch Bridge sign and parking area
on Coldspring Rd. Len’s phone: 978–392–9876
Saturday, April 8, 9–10:30 a.m. A Walk on the Sassafras Trail
This walk will be led by Bill Harman, and will run rain or shine.
This area is unusual for its many large boulders and beautiful glacial erratics. Trail is hilly and
moderately strenuous. Hiking boots are recommended.
Meet Bill at the parking area at the end of Sawmill Rd. Bill’s cell phone: 603–533–0325
Saturday, April 15, 9–10:30 a.m. A Walk on Burns Hill
This walk will be led by Lenny Palmer, and will run rain or shine. The trail runs over three hills, is
steep in places and moderately strenuous. The trail overlooks Vine Brook, and a large marsh
which features an impressive heron rookery. Meet Len at the trailhead on Rome Drive. Len’s
Saturday, April 22, 9–10:30 a.m. A Walk along Beaver Brook
This walk will be led by Rich Strazdas, and will run rain or shine. The trail offers a lovely and
easy walk along Beaver Brook and around Round Island. The Beaver Brook area provides a great
variety of wildlife to enjoy. You might want to bring binoculars!
Meet Rich at the end of Buckingham Drive. Rich’s cell phone: 508–340–8775
Saturday, April 29, 9–10:30 a.m. A Walk on the Peace Trail
This walk will be led by Gerry DiBello, and will run rain or shine. The trail offers a lovely and
easy walk close to the center of town. The trail runs along the top of glacial eskers through
wetlands that are abundant with wildlife in spring. Meet Gerry at the end of Drew Crossing.
Gerry’s phone: 978–692–9137
For more information about these walks, call the walk leader for each walk you are interested
in, or call Marian Harman at 978–692–3907. For maps and descriptions of these areas, check the
Trails section of this website.