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Ice Rings: Last Call!

With the warmer temperatures and the upcoming rain storm this is your last good chance to see the ice rings hung along Tory Fort Lane from the prior deep freeze.

Pin says “Check it out!”
There are over 70 out there!
But they will be gone by Saturday!
#Worcester #urbanfarming #hikeworcester

Ask Colin!

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Where exactly is the God’s Acre rock? Is it on a trail? How difficult is it to locate?

Colin: The Deed Rock at God’s Acre is not at all far off of the cart road spur from Swan Ave, and can also be reached by hiking in from a number of locations. The spot is marked on the Tetasset Hills Trail Map.

Deed Rock

Deed Rock

Immediately to the west of the two farm gates, and along the Red Rectangle Trail, you will find a slab of granite set in the ground with the deed of the land to God carved by hand into the surface (when the granite isn’t covered in ice and snow that is!)

The Deed Rock that records Solomon Parsons (1800-1893) purchase of the land and dedication unto God as part of the Second Great Awakening religious movement reads:

“Know all men by these presents that I William G. Hall of Worcester in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Mass in consideration of 125 dols. paid by the hand of Solomon Parsons of the same Worcester the receipt of which I hereby acknowledge, do hereby grant sell and convey unto God, through the laws of Jesus Christ, which are made known to man by the record of the New Testament recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the evangelist, this land to be governed by the above mentioned laws and together with the spirit of God.”

(We fixed the spelling errors from the rock.)

The land was designated as a conservation area in modern history when the God’s Acre original land and leftovers from the office park on Goddard Memorial Drive were bound together and designated by the City as a Conservation Restriction that provided protection for the local wildlife habitat.


So what is the optimum temperature for baking pizza?

Colin: The underlying objective in cooking pizza at home is working to avoid limp and soggy pizza. Temperature is absolutely key!

There are three ways to get less soggy pizza. First, turn up the temperature, and I tend to cook at 500 degrees or pretty much as high as the oven will go. Don’t worry, commercial pizza ovens tend to cook at 700-800 degrees, so the pizza dough can handle it.  Second, if you can, use a pizza stone that will absorb and radiate the oven’s heat while also absorbing any excess moisture. Third, roll out the pizza dough thinly to help cook all the way through. Finally, don’t overdo applying sauce, as you are making baking the crust through that much harder.  


Colin Novick, GWLT Executive Director


Have your own conservation (or culinary) question for Colin? Email them to with the subject line: “Ask Colin Question”! 

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GWLT Stewardship Appeal: Help Keep Our Trails Clear!

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The trees are leafing out, the forests and fields are turning vibrant green, and we hope you’re already out enjoying the Trust’s trails! This is GWLT’s busiest season for field and trail work—the volunteers are out re-blazing paths: clearing branches and downed trees, freshening signs and blazes—but they cannot do this by themselves. They need your support to keep our shared conservation lands open and inviting.

GWLT prides itself on serving the community by making all the land we conserve free and open to the public. With over 2,500 acres conserved, and more prospects to come, that’s a large(!) and magnificent wild space to explore, be you a walker, bird watcher, photographer, naturalist, canoer, backpacker, cross-country skier, retreatant, geocacher, kayaker, botanist, entomologist, or sportsman. We fit many descriptions, but we share one love: the land.

We couldn’t achieve this annual stewardship enterprise without the dedication, love, and hard-working sweat of our prized volunteers who cover miles and miles of trails. All of their labor, photographs, and reports are to one end: keep the Trust’s lands beautiful when you arrive.

To realize the greatest benefit from all of these volunteers’ hard work, we need to keep them supplied with: loppers, clippers, saws, paint, brushes, flagging tape, gloves, router bits, fencing, lumber, sandpaper, and more lag bolts, washers, and nails than you would reasonably guess! While we pride ourselves in felling selected trees from the land for projects on the land, we just can’t get around needing to purchase some materials to keep the crews going.

In this busiest of seasons, our collective efforts work to keep our freshly re-greened places where we live and play open and refreshed for the year. I know that you enjoy our shared wild places, and that you take pride in our community’s access to the natural world. Please make a small sacrifice, along with those of the volunteer Rangers, so that together we can achieve these necessary annual works. Your part on this team is absolutely essential, and I thank you for your critical part in this stewardship appeal.


Colin M.J. Novick
Executive Director

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