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Loving the Land in Lowell

December 18, 2014

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Lowell Leaders in Stewardship- MEET AMERICAN EELS!

December 16, 2014

     American eels, slimy and snake-like, may not be the cutest species to rally around, but they travel through Lowell on their way upstream and may soon be placed on the endangered species list. Their slimy nature didn't stop the Trust from partnering with Doug Smithwood from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Helen Dalbeck from the Amoskeag Fishways to educate the Lowell Leaders in Stewardship on this incredible species! 

Construction on the Concord River Greenway!

December 8, 2014

     Construction is underway on the next section of the Concord River Greenway! Stay tuned for more updates!

Spalding House Landscaping

November 12, 2014

     Landscaping is underway in the backyard of the Spalding House, including the installation of a 600 sq. ft. blue stone patio, dry-laid stone walls, and granite steps.  This is a capstone project for the exterior of this historical site in Lowell, following restoration of the house in 1999, the creation of Spalding House Park in 2010, and the restoration of the historic Lambert House (formerly Red Cross) next door completed this year.  When we acquired the Lambert House in 2004, it was hard to imagine this ten years later, but many partners took significant roles in transforming these properties into a unified landscape.  We look forward to having school groups and other visitors walking up from the Merrimack River to learn more about the Lowell’s pre-industrial history.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Celebrating Audubon!

November 11, 2014

Photo credit: Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie

     Only a few people knew that the Pollard Memorial Library had a collection of 100 John James Audubon prints tucked in a drawer. Audubon’s finely detailed drawings - from the red-tailed hawk to the wild turkey - were acquired by the Library’s Trustees in 1880. This fall, in partnership with the Pollard Memorial Library & Foundation, the Trust hosted its 24th Annual Meeting at the Library to celebrate the permanent exhibit of these prints throughout the historic library.  

     The event’s guest speaker, Chris Leahy from Mass Audubon, shared stories of Audubon’s intriguing life and travels. He brought to life the remarkable details of each of the prints, from the accurate depiction of the birds in their natural habitats to the techniques and artistry of his work. Audubon’s visionary work laid the foundation for conservationists today. Leahy shared his curiosity and passion with attendees for learning about the important wildlife in our own backyards. Click here to read the Lowell Sun article.

Tree planting on Baldwin St.

November 1, 2014

   Over the weekend, residents of Baldwin Street in Lowell learned how to properly plant a tree with LP&CT Executive Director, Jane Calvin (also fondly known as the 'tree lady'). Folks learned pre-digging safety tips, identified the ideal location for a tree, and helped plant a Japanese maple tree (named Norbert).  Four homes will receive 6 trees to be planted along Baldwin Street that will provide shade, wildlife habitat, and improved air quality.  This project was funded by the city of Lowell's Community Block Development Grant Program.

    Lowell is designated as a Tree City USA; LPCT partners with the City of Lowell to plant 100-150 trees per year throughout the city.  The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities across America.  

Concord River Corridor Historical Research Gains National Attention

November 3, 2014

 

    The Concord River Greenway is a gorgeous place to visit this time of year.  The multi-lingual signage and public art only add to the visual interest already supplied by nature.  What many don’t know is that the Trust’s website has an extensive outdoor classroom curriculum.  This is a vital resource that anyone anywhere, including teachers, researchers, and students can access to enrich their knowledge about the history, wildlife, and trails of the Concord River Greenway.

    We are pleasantly surprised that the website is catching the attention of interested people beyond the borders of Massachusetts. In September, a writer from Idaho requested permission to use several historical photos of the river she found on the website to be used in Meridian, Idaho’s new Wastewater Interpretive Center for their History of Sanitation display.  Just this week, an archeologist in Oklahoma, working on a late 1800’s historical home site, came across some shotgun shell casings in the soil with the “USC CO” insignia on them.  After researching the logo, he came upon our website which provided him with the much needed information on the U.S. Cartridge Company based in Lowell.  Although the U.S. Cartridge Company was one of the largest ammunition suppliers in the country, who would have thought one of its cartridges would have made it all the way to Oklahoma?!  Because of the information provided on our website, he was able to date the cartridge base to circa 1880-1926.  Since no other artifacts at the site could be accurately dated, he used the cartridge and some local historical maps to date the site from the 1890’s through the 1930’s.

Students visit Hawk Valley Farm

October 31, 2014

   This week third grade students from Bartlett Elementary School took a field trip to Hawk Valley Farm. Students explored the trails, stone foundations and property history with landowner Louisa Varnum.  Students were also treated with a special guest representing the Wampanoag Tribe.  He discussed the Native American history, legends, and helped to build upon their in-school curricula out in the field!

Concord River Greenway Awarded DCR Grant

October 28, 2014

     Last week, the City of Lowell was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)'s Recreational Trails Program for continued work on the Concord River Greenway. At left: Patty Lucken, Asset Manager DPD; Dick O’Brien, Recreational Trails Advisory Board; Rachel Agiorgitis, Design Planner DPD; Kevin Murphy, City Manager; Paul Jahnige, Recreational Trails Program Manager; MAYOR; Jane Calvin, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust; Corey Belanger, City Councilor.

     Next spring, a bridge will be placed at the end of the Lawrence Street section, crossing over the Concord River to Centennial Island.  From there this multi-use recreational trail will travel on the Lawrence Street side of the Concord River down to Jollene Dubner Park at Rogers Street, then cross the river and travel down the eastern bank of the river to Andover/Church Street.  Stay tuned for more details!

Volunteer Tree Planting

October 27, 2014

October is National NeighborWoods Month, an annual celebration of trees in our communities - making our cities cleaner, greener, and healthier! THANK YOU to Lahey Hospital volunteers who spent this past Saturday morning planting 15 trees along Father Morrisette Blvd. This event was held in partnership with Lahey Hospital, Alliance for Community Trees, and  EcoMedia CBS.  Check out more pictures from the event here!

If you'd like to read more about the event, click here for a press release.

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