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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

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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.

GWLT Fall Open House 5PM – 7PM Tonight!

Come out and meet fellow conservationists, GWLT staff, and have a slice or two of pizza on us! Our offices on 4 Ash Street in Worcester, MA (map) will be open tonight from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and we’ll have free trail maps, snacks & information about our current projects as well as a chance to chat about green space in Greater Worcester.

We hope to see you there (and at StART on the Street this weekend)!

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