Nashoba Conservation Trust Newsletter
“Scores of bird species could disappear due to climate change” declared the Boston Globe on Sept 12. If that headline didn’t grab your attention, the accompanying graphic surely would have (see below). It depicts climate suitability for the Black-capped Chickadee now and in a few decades. If these climate change predictions hold true, it appears that most of eastern MA may not be seeing much of our state bird by 2050.
Of course, it’s not just birds and other wildlife that are at risk: climate change will have economic and health consequences for us as well. The 2014 report Climate Change Impacts in the United States concludes that, for the Northeast, “Heat waves, coastal flooding, and river flooding will pose a growing challenge to the region’s environmental, social, and economic systems.” Although these and other climate change impact studies invariably call for “urgent action” to reduce CO2 levels, the current Administration’s plan to promote the increased use of coal-fired power plants, and to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP), could well have the opposite effect.
Despite these discouraging developments the opportunity to effect positive change toward a more sustainable world is within our own reach, according to Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. and author of Our Earth, Our Species, Ourselves. But, she says, we must choose: “At this critical decision point in the human story, will we create a sustainable life? Stay the course and flame out? “; or will we “Continue on, but in a half diminished state after a half-hearted attempt?” Dr. Moyer not only invites us to pursue a sustainable life, she instructs us how to achieve it. To hear first-hand from Dr. Moyer how we individually and collectively can work toward sustainability, join us on November 8 at 7:00pm at Lawrence Library, 15 Main St., Pepperell. Registration is requested. Further details at http://www.lawrencelibrary.org
In This Edition
Accessible Trail Nears Completion at the Library
There has been a great deal of progress on the accessible trail behind the Lawrence Library since we last wrote about it in our Spring 2017 edition of the newsletter. This project has been a great example of what can be accomplished when various groups come together in the community for a good cause.
Native Garden Created at Lawrence Library
This summer, NCT members created Pepperell’s first public, all native plant garden at the entrance to Greens Brook Nature Path behind Lawrence Library. All plants in this garden can be found growing in the wild in New England and the Northeastern U.S.
The garden includes understory trees, shrubs, ferns and perennials to provide color, texture and interest in all seasons. (see graphic below) There is also an example of the latest trend from conservation-minded homeowners in lawn alternatives; a bed of wild strawberries. Along the new, accessible trail, more native plants that are typically found in a Sugar Maple – Oak – Hickory Forest have replaced the invasive, non-native plants that were removed during the trail reconstruction. Some of the 350+ plants were gifted with the remaining purchases funded by NCT, the Lawrence Library and the Friends of the Lawrence Library. Signage, trail maps and specific plant information will soon be available in the trail kiosk.
Native plants have adapted to local ecological conditions over the centuries. They rely on nature to provide their own pest control and fertilizer, and they require less water than the exotic plants prevalent in many home landscapes. Native plants also have unique and vital relations with many native pollinators and other wildlife, providing both food and shelter.
Native plants are easy to grow, and a renewable choice for your home garden. Many varieties are now available from local nurseries or by mail order. Why not consider incorporating native plants in your home garden? In addition to a wide variety of beautiful hardy plants, you can provide essential food and shelter for wildlife and help to enhance Pepperell’s unique environment. When we restore native plants to our landscapes, we can increase the biodiversity in our own back yard.
For more information on native plant gardening, visit New England Wild Flower Society’s website or check out these books from the library.
Bringing Nature Home, by Douglas W. Tallamy
Garden Revolution, Weaner and Christopher
The Green Garden, by Ellen Sousa
The Living Landscape, Darke and Tallamy
NCT and Pepperell Conservation Comission’s Pepperell Trail Guide
Our new 2016 trail guide is available. The guide describes (16) different conservation areas managed by NCT and the Pepperell Conservation Commission. Contained in each section is a description of the parcel, a detailed trail map, and other information to help you enjoy each of these beautiful areas. If you would like a trail guide just click on the link below. and indicate your interest. We’ll send you an electronic, printable copy.
Download the trail guide here
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