Land Protection Projects:
WLCT is in the midst of several major land protection projects. When completed, these projects will protect over 100 acres of scenic and sensitive land in Westport. If you have any questions regarding these or any of our other projects, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your support and interest!
St. Vincent DePaul Adamsville Road Camp
Photos by Greg Stone-The former St Vincent DePaul Camp on Adamsville Road
The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Catholic Diocese of Fall River to acquire the former St. Vincent Depaul Camp on Adamsville Road. We’ve been working with the Town of Westport to permanently protect over 70 acres of forest connected to the camp. 11 acres encompasses the core of the former camp buildings.
The WLCT Board of Directors has formed a subcommittee to thoughtfully review how to best reuse this area for the benefit of the community, the wildlife that utilize the area, and the nearby West Branch of the Westport River.
Forge Pond Conservation Area Phase Two
Forge Pond Phase II is an exciting project that will greatly expand the Forge Pond Conservation Area. Conservation of this 33-acre property has been a priority for WLCT and the Town of Westport for almost a decade. Title issues derailed its pending conservation in 2011. Following the resolution of those issues, WLCT has again entered into an agreement to purchase the property. This forested property contains sensitive wetland buffers adjacent to the upper east branch of the Westport river north of Old County Road. Protection of this property is key to protecting clean water entering the Westport Rivers.
Land Stewardship Projects:
With over 1,000 acres of open space to manage, WLCT takes an active approach to improving wildlife habitat, opening new trails to promote public access, and monitoring our conserved lands. To learn more about any of our current land stewardship projects, please contact Brendan@WestportLandTrust.org.
Herb Hadfield Grassland Meadow Restoration
Photo by Greg Stone- An eastern bluebird on April 16, 2017 at the
Herb Hadfield Grassland Meadow Restoration
In March of 2016, we received news that our Herb Hadfield Grassland Meadow Restoration project proposal to MassWildlife’s competitive Habitat Management and Improvement Grant program had been successful. We were awarded $12,122.95 in grant funding from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to complete the 5.75-acre grassland meadow restoration at the recently expanded 158-acre Herb Hadfield Conservation Area.
Consistent with a 2009 WLCT management plan authored by forester Mike Labossiere, formerly of The Trustees, the restoration initiative began in early 2015 with the clearing of a 5.75-acre section within the central portion of the Herb Hadfield Conservation Area. The project has rapidly progressed since the initial timber harvest and to date we have seeded over 300 lbs. of native warm season grass mix and installed ten nesting boxes on the site to improve wildlife habitat for a variety of bird species. We look forward to seeding in a diversity of native wildflowers in subsequent years.
“These (MassWildlife Habitat Management and Improvement) grants will allow municipalities and conservation organizations to improve wildlife habitats and enhance recreational opportunities for people who enjoy hunting, bird watching and other outdoor recreation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This grant underscores our commitment to protecting the Commonwealth’s natural resources.”
Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge Habitat Improvement
Forests in Westport have had trouble with invasive insects like Gypsy Moth and Winter Moth in recent years. Forestry activity has begun at the Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge which will improve general forest health. Along with state licensed forester, Rupert Grantham, we are completing a small select cut of the property. This active forestry will improve nutrient recycling and hardwood regeneration while also promoting old growth characteristics in a relatively young forest.
Hikers should be advised that while this forest management activity is taking place the property is closed to the public. This activity will not impact road conditions along Old Harbor Road and will be completed before next summer.