Town Announces Nature Walk, Clean-Up Day & Other Earth Day Events

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Planning & Conservation is pleased to present the following educational and volunteer opportunities to Wilmington residents leading up to and after Earth Day on April 22, 2019.

The events are designed for folks who want to learn more about wetland resources and regulations, Conservation Land, local natural history, outdoor recreation opportunities, and how to be stewards of local natural resources.

All outdoor events are weather dependent, so please contact Wilmington Conservation Agent Ryan Hale during office hours (8:30-4:30; M-F) if predicted weather is questionable, or with any questions (rhale@wilmingtonma.gov; 978-658-8238).

Library Lecture – Wetland Resource Areas and Conservation Land in Wilmington: What Does It All Mean?

Wetland resource areas can be hard to identify, and their regulations can be even harder to understand. It’s important for property owners to know whether wetland resource areas are on or near their property, the functions they provide, and what activities may need approval from the Wilmington Conservation Commission. The first half of this presentation will shed light on these topics and what it means for
property owners.

The second half of this presentation will provide an overview of what Conservation Land is and isn’t), and where and how to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. There are many opportunities for education and outdoor recreation on Conservation Land, including nature watching, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and trails for hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. This presentation will also discuss the Land Stewardship Program.

Town Forest Nature Walk 

Walk along the trails of the 157-acre Town Forest, the largest piece of Conservation Land in Wilmington. Learn about the ecology, natural history, and human history that shaped and created Town Forest. There will be activities for all ages, including a nature scavenger hunt for the whole family. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots are recommended.

Spring Town Clean-Up Day

    • Saturday April 27th, 8:30 AM
    • Town-Wide, meet at the DPW Building, 135 Andover Street
    • RSVP for this event: rhale@wilmingtonma.gov; 978-658-8238

The Department of Planning & Conservation will hold their first spring Town Clean-Up Day in addition to the annual fall Clean-Up Day in September. Explore Conservation Land and Town Parks while helping to clean up trails and recreation areas. Residents are encouraged to organize their own neighborhood clean-up effort, but please just let us know so we can coordinate with you. This is a great opportunity for students to get community service hours. Bags and refreshments will be provided, and gloves will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots are recommended.

Land Stewardship Program Introduction Workshop

    • Saturday, May 4th, 8:30 AM
    • Cormier Park (end of Blanchard Road)
    • RSVP for this event: rhale@wilmingtonma.gov; 978-658-8238

This workshop is an introduction to the Land Stewardship Program for prospective Land Stewards and a refresher/update for current Land Stewards. Folks who are just curious about the Program or Conservation Land are also welcome. The workshop will focus on recent revisions to the Land Stewardship Program Handbook and an introduction to where and how you can be a Land Steward for Conservation Land. Refreshments will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hiking boots are recommended.

Community Vernal Pool Surveys

    • Dates and times dependent on vernal pool activity
    • Various Town-owned properties
    • RSVP for this event: rhale@wilmingtonma.gov; 978-658-8238

Explore and help survey vernal pools on Conservation Land and other Town-owned land in Wilmington. Vernal pools are generally isolated depressions in the landscape that hold water during the spring and/or summer, and provide essential breeding habitat for a variety of amphibians and important habitat for other wildlife. The Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program has confirmed 26 Certified Vernal Pools and identified 87 Potential Vernal Pools in Wilmington.

Dates and times of this event will be dependent on the variability of when vernal pools become active, typically after a heavy rain with night temperatures over 40 degrees. Vernal pools may be active from March through the spring and summer, but they are most active in spring (roughly March through May). Efforts will be coordinated through the Conservation Agent. Interested parties will be notified of potential vernal pool activity as soon as possible prior to the survey efforts. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hip or chest waders are recommended but not required. Please call or email for more details if you are interested in participating.

(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Department of Planning & Conservation.)

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