we race towards the holidays and our mailboxes flood with catalogs
appeals and we hunker down against the early cold snap and bemoan
the fading hours of daylight, we need to remind ourselves to take
the time to walk our favorite trail, or stop to enjoy our backyard
birds, or simply slow down on our daily driving routes through town
and enjoy the scenic views. Perhaps it is also a good time to reflect
on what is unique about our town and what it means to us. Many of
us were drawn to settling in Carlisle because of its green space,
its rural vistas, the many recreational opportunities within its
protected open spaces and its small-town qualities. Preserving these
very qualities is the primary mission of the Carlisle Conservation
in 1960, CCF is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to
maintaining the rural character of Carlisle and preserving its natural
beauty and wildlife habitat. We rely entirely on donations from
our members and friends to support our work.
has been very busy over the past few years—leading efforts
to permanently protect over 600 acres of open space. With the culmination
of the Benfield Master Planning Agreement and the registering of
important Conservation Restrictions for land abutting the Estabrook
Woods, 2004 was no exception. (Read more inside.) Our land management
efforts have included the ongoing sheep study on Towle Field and
Spencer Brook Reservation, mowing of various properties, and the
monitoring of CR’s to insure there are no violations of agreement.
While we are fortunate to have a very active Board of Directors
who donate countless hours of expertise and time, we still need
to raise $30,000 to cover other surveying, legal, printing and land
maintenance costs from this year and to carry us into 2005.
know from the Community Planning Days sponsored by the Town Planning
Board that many of you rank the preservation of Carlisle’s
rural character and open spaces as your top priority for the Town
and its future generations. Yet the pressure to develop open space
and the ever faster pace of town growth are the realities we face.
CCF tries to proactively protect valuable undeveloped spaces by
working with private land owners and the Town. We can’t afford
to buy the land outright so we offer resources and services to make
it easier for landowners to set aside land as open space—whether
through orchestrating outright donation of land, helping to place
Conservation Restrictions on valuable open space, or in some cases,
facilitating the financing of open space protection through limited,
responsible real estate development. Please help us continue this
are most grateful for your past support and hope you will consider
increasing your tax-deductible gift. If you have never contributed,
please join us. We hope you will give as generously as possible—and
find time in this busy season to enjoy your favorite trail or open
space in Carlisle.
CCF is run entirely by volunteers, fellow Carlisleans, so every
dollar you contribute,
$50, $100, $1000, goes directly to our work.