Sunday, March 5, 2017

Getting Fresh Air

It may be chilly outside but the sun is out and it's a good day to take a walk on our trails.

Why not check out:

Elinor's Woods: 49 Poughed Neck Rd.

Joe's Woods: 51 Roos Rd.

Shirley's Woods: 14 Spring Hill Rd.

Osborne-Sherman Preserve: 15 Gully Lane

or the Toolas Preserve: Great Island Rd.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy 2017 to you all from the Sandwich Conservation Trust. 

We hope to see you participate in our Take A Hike walks, 

consider a membership with us, 

or perhaps donate or put your property in trust with us.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Take A Hike: Elinor's Woods

by John Nye Cullity 

In 1994 the Sandwich Conservation Trust was approached by Ploughed Neck Road resident, Robert Sprague, about a possible donation of land adjacent to his house.  It was an interesting piece, nearly 5 acres, with some road frontage.  It was heavily wooded lowland, rising gradually out of the salt marsh west of Ploughed Neck Road.  Bob did give us the land, in loving memory of his late wife Elinor.  He also joined the SCT as a trustee for eleven years, before moving to Florida.  Bob died on September 12th, and it seems appropriate to have a walk in Elinor’s Woods.

In 1998, a trail system was installed by a group of volunteers led by Neil Irving as part of his Eagle Scout project, with access from a private road.  The preserve was enlarged by the 2006 purchase of an adjacent 4,400 square foot parcel, and this allowed us to create a much better entrance on Ploughed Neck Road itself.  This work, along with signs and other improvements was led by another Eagle Scout candidate in 2008, Chris Hall.   The trail system winds around in a way that makes the parcel seem larger than it is.  There are some fine specimens of large, native trees.

If you would like to become familiar with Elinor’s Woods, the SCT is conducting a walk there this Sunday, November 13th,  at 2 P.M.  The walk will last an hour or so.  The terrain is level and easy to walk.  We will meet at the town-owned gravel parking lot at the corner of Ploughed Neck Road and North Shore Boulevard, and hike back on the paved road to Elinor’s Woods.  The walk will not take place if it is raining. Call me at (508) 888-7629 if you have questions.  You can learn about the SCT at 

Elinor's Woods, Ploughed Neck Rd., E. Sandwich

Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Newsletter

If you aren't a member of the Sandwich Conservation Trust, you don't receive a copy of the newsletter so we are posting a link to the pdf copy.  This year we upgraded from publishing in black and white to color!  That, in addition to all the news John reported on, makes for an excellent summary of the accomplishments this year.

Don't forget to send in your dues for 2016, as we are counting on you so we can continue conserving properties in town.

Click on the image below to access the newsletter.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Annual Meeting Recap

SCT President, John Cullity

Our president, John Cullity, provided a summary of the accomplishments over the year and goals for the coming year.  Accomplishments included acquiring new properties, creating a parking area and the installation of fencing at Gully Lane, to name a few.  You can read more in the SCT Newsletter that was mailed to members a few weeks ago.  If you didn't receive a newsletter, why not become a member?  

Trustees elected for a new three year term included:
  • Cliff Irving
  • Brian Kelly
  • Bob O'Connor
  • Joe Queenan
  • John Juros, a new trustee
We are sorry to see our treasurer, Sarah Marter, leave our organization.  Sarah provided much support in that capacity and as a trustee over the years and we wish her well in her new ventures in a warmer climate.

Welcome to our new treasurer, Monique Szechenyi, a longtime Sandwich resident who comes to us with non-profit experience.

Brad Chase, MA DMF
If you missed the meeting, you missed an interesting talk by Brad Chase of the MA Division of Marine Fisheries.  Brad's work focuses on American eel and river herring management.  He explained the differences among diadromous, anadromous and catadromous fish species; population trends historically to present; the numbers of fish runs on the Cape and in MA ; fish counting methods employed in runs; and much more.  Thanks Brad!

Brad Chase speaking about American eels and river herring.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Annual Meeting Today

Hope to see you today at the annual meeting with a talk by Brad Chase on American eel and river herring.

When:     2 p.m.

Where:      E. Sandwich Grange Hall
                   91 Old County Rd.
                   E. Sandwich