Sunday, December 8, 2013

SCT Membership

If you have forgotten to renew your 2013 membership to the SCT, fear not, as you have about 3 weeks left to do so or to make a year end gift.  We can't do it without your help.

[Don’t forget we are a non-profit so your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.]

Our mailing address is:

Sandwich Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 531
E. Sandwich, MA 02537

Friday, December 6, 2013


By John Nye Cullity

The Sandwich Conservation Trust will hold its monthly walk this coming Sunday at 2 p.m., with a visit to the Upper Shawme Dam, located on the town-owned Cook Farm Conservation Lands.  The trail entrance is on Route 130, across from the old part of the Henry T. Wing School, where we can park.  The walk will take about 45 minutes, and is free of charge.
The 40.6 acre Cook Farm Conservation Lands were purchased with Land Bank funds in 2003 from members of the Cook family, who have owned Quail Hollow Farm since the early 1940s.  This acquisition allowed the town and Commonwealth to rebuild the deteriorated 1812 dam which Samuel Wing and his brothers built for their cotton spinning mill – the first factory on Cape Cod.  When I lead this walk I confess that my narrative might have more industrial archaeology in it than nature.  It’s an interesting story.

We will pass through some very nice mature forest, and have a look at spring-fed Upper Shawme Pond.  The walk will not be held if it is raining.

The Sandwich Conservation Trust has been engaged in land preservation since 1985, and has 240 acres in preservation.  Please visit our website at  If you have questions about the trust or the walk, call me at (508) 888-7629.

Upper Shawme Dam, Fall 2012.  Photo by Sam White.
This pre-1883 photograph shows the 17th century Stephan R. Wing farm, lying between Upper and Lower Shawme Ponds.  Much of the land in the foreground is now part of Heritage Gardens – Sandwich Village makes a beautiful backdrop.  The house was taken down in 1971.  In the distance to the right can be seen the buildings of the Sandwich Tack Co., formerly the 1813 cotton mill built by Samuel Wing and his brothers.  The site of this factory, which burned in 1883, is now part of the Cook Farm Conservation Lands.  The original of this valuable photo is owned by Old Sturbridge Village.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dec. 6 & Dec. 12 Workshops: Testing New Methods for Managing Climate Change on Cape Cod


The Town of Barnstable Growth Management Department is participating in a study with partners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Impact Collaborative, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Consensus Building Institute to test an innovative way to help coastal communities understand and prepare for the potential impacts of climate change.
During this interactive workshop, participants will engage in a mock negotiation about how to deal with flooding risk in a coastal community similar to Cape Cod towns. Participants are given realistic scientific information to help them decide how they might go about addressing potential climate change impacts.
Data collected from this workshop will help MIT researchers evaluate the effectiveness of role-play simulations as a tool for educating the public about climate change risks and possible ways of managing them. The results will help Barnstable and Cape Cod to better manage long-term vulnerability to climate change.

Follow the link for more information and to register: 

New Trustee

Congratulations to Bob O'Connor, our newest trustee, elected at the SCT meeting on Monday evening.  Bob brings a lot of experience with him, participates in our Take a Hike programs and performs trail maintenance.  It's no doubt that John and Joe will keep you busy.  Welcome! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Special Meeting of Members

Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
Grange Hall
91 Old County Rd.
E. Sandwich

The purpose of the meeting is to hold an election for a new trustee. The nominee is Bob O'Connor of E. Sandwich. Members may also ask questions or make comments. For the SCT, a quorum of members is equal to the number of existing trustees: 9. We may call some members to make sure of a quorum, or, if you can attend, please call John Cullity at 508-888-7629.