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December 2015

Year in Review

Dear Friends,

Our annual appeal this year is dedicated to preservation of Woodhaven Farm, a beautiful 28-acre parcel of former farm and forest land on Prospect Street to be protected by a Conservation Restriction (CR) jointly held by Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and CCF. This CR will be purchased entirely with private funds and grants. We are proud to partner with SVT on this project, and continue our working relationship that resulted in the successful acquisition of the Elliott River Preserve. We appreciate your generous support of this project!

Woodhaven Farm
On the map (above left) adapted from "Trails in Carlisle," one can see the critical location of Woodhaven Farm in relation to the Davis Corridor and the Estabrook Woods. The 260-foot long boardwalk (above right) on the Catbirar Trail, an important part of the Davis Corridor trail system, is partly on the Woodhaven Farm parcel. Photo by Stephen Gabler for SVT

Preserving an historic Carlisle farmscape

The Sorli family farm on Westford Street has long been a focus of conservation planning by the family and the Town. CCF and the family have agreed to preserve, under a CR, a highly-valued and scenic 20-acre portion of the farm on the south side of the street. CCF, in cooperation with the Conservation Commission, will request Town Community Preservation Act funds for purchase of the CR; if approved, the property will be protected by 2017.

Sorli Farm
The open field and wood of the Sorli family farm on the south side of Route 225. The trail easement would follow the stone wall at the edge of the field.

New Trail & Boardwalk; Field Maintenance

Spencer Brook Reservation has a new trail and 60-foot boardwalk, thanks to the Eagle Scout service project of Carlisle Boy Scout Matthew Roberts. Matt spent many months planning the project and obtaining permits. His hard work paid off in September when he led a group of other scouts, parents, and Trails Committee and CCF board members to build the boardwalk and cut the trail in one day. The new trail branches from the existing trail in the grove of wolf pines, crossing a wetland on the new boardwalk, to a lovely open view of the Spencer Brook marsh. Many thanks to Matt and Scout Troop 135 for this addition to the Spencer Brook trail system!

The open fields at Spencer Brook Reservation and Benfield Woods, both on West Street, were aggressively mowed in October as part of an ongoing effort to control invasives. Following recommendations from the New England Wildflower Society (NEWFS), CCF kept the
fields uncut throughout the summer so that natural plant & animal communities could thrive without interruption. CCF maintained mowed pathway loops at Spencer Brook for walkers throughout the growing season, but left large swaths of open field untouched until fall. CCF will continue this mowing schedule again next summer & fall.

Spencer Brook Reservation
Matt Roberts (center, left) oversaw the work of the many volunteers who helped bring his vision to fruition. A CCF work crew recently cleared vegetation from the stone wall along South and West Streets at Spencer Brook Reservation (right) to reveal its stonework and improve vistas for motorists. Most of the overgrowth consisted of invasive species, and its removal is a continuation of an ongoing strategy to control invasive species on CCF's lands. CCF is collaborating with NEWFS in this effort.

CCF Board Members

We extend congratulations to Board member Alan Ankers for the 2015 Conservationist of the Year award, and a warm welcome to our new Board member and treasurer, Lauree Cameron Eckler.

Support CCF

Our Annual Appeal is our main source of funding for the year. All of your contributions are tax-deductible and go to protecting Carlisle’s wildlife and open spaces for the future.

Thanks to all our supporters!

Very truly yours,
Liz Carpenter
Liz Carpenter, President

We appreciate your support.

Carlisle Conservation Foundation and Land Trust
P.O. Box 300, Carlisle, MA 01741

Board members: Alan Ankers, Liz Carpenter, Wayne Davis, Lauree Eckler,
Marjie Findlay, David Freedman, Peg Gladstone, Heidi Harring, Steve Hinton,
Chip Kakas, John Lee, Steve Spang, Sally Swift, Steve Tobin

We invite you to join CCF with your tax-deductible donation. You may now make your donation to CCF on the HOME page