Year in Review
Benfield Wildlife Viewing Platform
Rather than producing a formal newsletter for 2010, CCF has focused on publicizing an ambitious fundraising goal of $50,000 in honor of 50 years of land preservation in Carlisle. Half of this goal is to be directed towards our first project of the next 5 decades – a boardwalk and viewing platform which will originate at the back meadow of the Benfield land and overlook the Spencer Brook wetlands. This was designed and planned in collaboration with the Carlisle Trails Committee and will be constructed this winter.
Building Conservation Communities
For five years now CCF has sponsored an exciting initiative in the Carlisle Public Schools called Building Conservation Communities including support for teacher professional development and the design of an environmental curriculum for the third and/or fourth grades through a collaboration with Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm. CCF is the first land trust to bring this hands-on, experiential learning program into a local school, and with your support we hope to continue helping our school children connect with the wonders just beyond their own back yards. For the second year we are also sponsoring the Blanding’s Turtle Project for the 5th grade science classes in collaboration with local herpetologist and researcher Bryan Windmiller. In this popular program 5th grade students are raising turtle hatchlings and measuring all aspects of the turtles growth until they are released into the wild in June on one the students’ multiple field trips with Dr. Windmiller.
Additional CCF Activities
CCF continues to work to protect the valuable unprotected spaces in town both through facilitating outright donations of land and by encouraging and assisting landowners in placing permanent Conservation Restrictions on their land. CCF serves as steward of 645 acres of conservation land, and monitoring its CRs and maintaining these protected properties can be costly responsibilities. None of this would be possible without broad community support. As an all-volunteer board, CCF members work hard to leverage your dollars into effective land preservation practices. We know you share our commitment to protecting the rural qualities of Carlisle, and we ask you to give as generously as possible.
We appreciate your support.
Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Land Trust
Board members: Barney Arnold, Beth Clarke, Wayne Davis, Tim Eliassen, Marjie Findlay, David Freedman, Peg Gladstone, Heidi Harring, Steve Hinton, Lori Jiménez, Jamie Klickstein, Jay Luby, Greg Peterson, Scott Simpson, Kevin Smith, Steve Spang, Sally Swift, Steve Tobin
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