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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Livable Worcester Committee Presents City Council Candidates’ Forum

Join us at the historic “Fire Alarm Building” in Elm/Newton Hill Park saved from ruin by local advocacy groups working with the city to find out what your local candidates’ policies are on transportation, parks, recreation and planning-related issues that often don’t get covered much in local elections.
The Greater Worcester Land Trust, in conjunction with Jane Jacobs in the WOO, Main South CDC, Mass Audubon, Preservation Worcester, Walk Bike Worcester, and the Worcester Tree Initiative will be holding a forum for Worcester City Council candidates to discuss livability issues in Worcester on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Park View Room, 230 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
The debate will be moderated by former Worcester Mayor, professor emeritus of Holy Cross, and local historian John Anderson.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the community room at the restored Fire Alarm Building, this is a wonderful opportunity. See you there!

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Hike Tonight at The Cascades!

Tonight, Wed. the 27th, at 5:30pm, there will be a hike from Cascading Waters through Cascades East, through Cascades Park, and back to Cascading Waters. We will pass Wunneompset (the split boulder) and the Cascades.

If you are interested in attending we encourage you to park on Cataract Street by the bridge and hike down 0.05mi, or to park on Soheili Circle off of Olean Street, as the Olean Street parking at the trailhead fills up really fast.

Picture of part of the Cascades conservation area preserved by the Greater Worcester Land Trust in Worcester, Massachusetts
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Autumn Equinox Hiking Spots

Today at 4:02 PM EDT, the season officially changes and our thoughts turn to long hikes that end with steaming mugs of mulled cider. While the Worcester area is still a week or two from peak foliage, it pays to plan ahead. We have prominent stands of maples at Nick’s Woods, Cascade West & Southwick Pond. Happy leaf-peeping!

New England Is Losing 65 Acres Of Forestland Per Day, Report Finds

From WBUR, an article by Steve LeBlanc of The Associated Press that shows how imperative it is to preserve open space :

New England Is Losing 65 Acres Of Forestland Per Day, Report Finds

http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/09/19/new-england-forest-report

If you’d like to help the Greater Worcester area’s natural infrastructure, don’t forget to become a member!

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Thanks to all who helped out at StART on the Street!

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s StART a success (and a good time as well!) Maps were handed out, cookies were eaten, logs were hewn, and a crew of staff and volunteers came out to represent GWLT. Many thanks to Paula Arsenault, Mike Benedetti, Bill Caulway, Mary Bayer Caulway, Stephen L Crowe, Greg Doerschler, Daniel Donahue , Victor Infante, Michael Lanava, Gordon Larrivee, Jackie Lynn, Tracy O’Connell Novick, dozens of kids wielding a beech mallet, and the GWLT Junior Rangers! (and anyone we’ve missed!) Your generous hard work is truly awesome.

If you’d like to see one of our signs in action, we’ll be installing the Roosevelt Oak sign shown below today at 5:00PM!

Pictures below from Jackie Lynn:

A Bit of GWLT History: Cascades West

September 16, 1991:

Cascades West, a large property on the southern edge of Holden, adjoins Worcester’s Boynton Park on the west (in Paxton) and Worcester’s Cascades Park on the east (in Worcester). In the early 1900’s Cascades West operated as a farm, as did the areas atop the hill to the east of Howard Street (a.k.a. Silver Spring Road).

Previous to GWLT’s acquisition, the land was owned by three partners: Jones, Briel, and Whiting. They intended to develop the property and had intermittently looked into the costs and restrictions of installing required infrastructure in this remote location. They logged the property and allowed firewood cutting. When Mr. Whiting died, his surviving spouse Joan proposed that the two remaining partners either donate the property for conservation or finally develop it. Thankfully, they decided on the former.

This belt of open space, now known as “The Cascades”, was established as a GWLT property in September 1991. It ran from Cataract Street in Worcester to Mower Street in Paxton and totaled over 250 acres of forest, wetland, trail, and overgrown pasture. Working from the original linchpin of Cascades West, this belt of open space has expanded to run from Marshall Street in Leicester to Moreland Green Drive in Worcester. It now totals over 800 acres of open space.

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