Saturday, September 8, 2012

Take a Hike - Murkwood Conservation Area

by John Nye Cullity
After a break in August, the Sandwich Conservation Trust will resume its monthly series of walks by visiting the town-owned Murkwood Conservation Area this coming Sunday (September 9) at 2 PM.  This preserve in East Sandwich lies north of Route 6A, just west of Canning’s Service Station.  The Murkwood Conservation Area totals 129.39 acres – 22 parcels of upland and (mostly) salt marsh acquired by the town between 1974 and 1999.  The first 65 acres were purchased from Dorothy Nye Holway, and was part of one of the early East Sandwich farms.  The original Holway house, taken down in 1939, was located across from Titcomb’s Bookshop.
Our upcoming walk will take place on the main upland, which is a peninsula of low land reaching out into Scorton Marsh.  Now heavily wooded, this area was once farmed by the Holways, and even contains the remains of a small cranberry bog.  This is the time of year when the salt hay was being cut, raked, and stacked on the staddles that once dotted all the marshes.  We will talk about this aspect of the land’s history as we take in a wide view of the quiet marsh.
The walk will be about an hour long, and is easy walking except for some roots to step over.  If it rains the walk will be cancelled.  For questions about the walk or the Sandwich Conservation Trust call me at (508) 888-7629.

Also don’t forget the Annual Meeting at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 16 at the Sandwich Grange Hall, 91 Old County Road, East Sandwich.  Following the brief business meeting - WILD TURKEYS ON CAPE COD – A talk by Brian Malone, a retired Natural Resource Officer, will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

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