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Monthly Archives: April 2018

In the News: Community Preservation Act

From MassLive.com:
Worcester-based coalition pushes to get Community Preservation Act on the city’s November ballot

GWLT is part of a 15-organization coalition saying “Yes for a Better Worcester” that includes open space, historic resources, and affordable housing.

Join Us! Weekend Arbor Day Celebration

Worcester Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, 4/28
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Institute Park at Park Ave & Salisbury St.

Come join GWLT for a day in the park! We will be there with a Property Sign frame for Sibley Farm and will be having folks “chip in” with cutting out the mortises for the Timber Frame.

We will also have coloring sheets for kids, trail maps for adults, and advice on the best Spring hikes in town.

Hope to see you there!

Volunteer News: 2018 Earth Day Cleanup!

It happened again — another Earth Day Cleanup at Cascades East!  

And, thanks to a group of intrepid volunteers, it was a success!

Besides being kind enough to wake early on a Saturday morning, they jumped right into the task of pushing wheelbarrows up a hill to the old dump site.  They would then spend a fair amount of time removing broken glass, metal, tires, rubber tubing, etc. from the area. Being New England, and given a winter that just wants to hang on, all this was done while there was still about an inch of snow on the ground.

After filling a wheelbarrow, they headed back down the hill with their prize collection.

We then sorted through the materials to set aside recyclable metals from material that would end up in the dumpster.  (Thanks to another volunteer, the metal ends up at a recycling center the following week.)

After a brief break and some conversation, the volunteers would head back up the hill and repeat the process.

Unbelievable!

Despite frozen hands, hard work, and repetitive activity, they continued to work.  And chat!

All this was followed by a rather fun and relaxing cookout at Cascading Waters!  We had a chance to talk about the event, talk about future events, and chat like old friends around a campfire.

An absolutely wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning and a bit of the afternoon.

To all those that participated – THANK YOU!

You have made a difference!

In the News: Training for Conservation

From Mongabay, an article about using positive reinforcement to help train wild animals to avoid humans and encourage them to stay in their natural habitats:

Black Bear with Bird Feeder

A black bear wanders out of its habitat seeking food from bird feeders.

Animal trainers are teaching wildlife to conserve themselves

 

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