Thanks for joining the SCT on the Murkwood Take a Hike.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Robert (Bob Sprague), a former Sandwich Conservation Trust trustee, has passed. Bob donated time to the SCT for 11 years. If you don't know Bob, you may know of the Elinor's Woods property on Ploughed Neck Rd. in E. Sandwich. In 1999, Bob gifted the 5 acre parcel to the SCT in memory of his wife Elinor. Thank you Bob, for your time and work with the trust and for donating this lovely property in memory of Elinor.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Sandwich Conservation Trust will begin a series of fall guided walks by visiting the town-owned Murkwood Conservation Area this coming Sunday, Sept. 11th, at 2 PM. This East Sandwich preserve 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 (12’ diameter group of posts) 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 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.
The Sandwich Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to preserve undeveloped land in Sandwich. Through ownership and conservation restrictions the SCT currently holds 221 acres in preservation. For questions about membership, support, volunteering or other issues please call (508) 888-7629. http://sandwichconservationtrust.blogspot.com. Find us on Facebook.
A Gift to the SCT:
On June 16, 2016, a 6.59 acre property at the end of Great Marsh Rd, E. Sandwich was gifted to the Sandwich Conservation Trust by Joy Carleton. Thank you Joy for providing more land to preserve as open space.
|Sandwich Property Map|
Highlighting Gifted Property at end of
Great Marsh Rd., E. Sandwich
|SCT President John Cullity and Joy Carleton|
at the Carleton Preserve
SAVE the DATE
WHAT: Sandwich Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting
WHEN: Sunday, October 16th, 2016
WHERE: E. Sandwich Grange Hall
Brad Chase of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will give a talk titled,
“The Diadromous Fish Runs of American Eel and River Herring on Cape Cod.”
Stay tuned for more details …