April 21: Conservancy of Sheldon Field, Montview Farms and Meadows – Presentation

The Ward 3 Neighborhood Association makes the following announcement:

Subject: Conservancy of Sheldon Field, Montview Farms and Meadows
Date: Wednesday April 21, 2010
Time: 7PM to 9PM
Place: Bridge Street School Cafeteria

Robert A. Levite, Esq. from Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation at UMASS Extension will talk about forming a conservancy, holding a Conservation Restriction (CR), and operational aspects. He will follow his talk with Q&A.

The Ward 3 Neighborhood Association is considering organizing a conservancy committee to hold the CR for Sheldon Field and the Montview Farm properties with the possible future expansion in the Meadows.

Such a group would allow us to take an active role in overseeing the Meadows. Join us and bring your questions!

If you have questions call Fred Zimnoch, 586-1522

See also:

State Offers Funds to Help Conserve North Street Woods 

MA Secy of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Urban Parks Deserve Protection as do Habitat Reserves and Working Landscapes
[Ian Bowles:] We need smart land conservation along with smart growth. That’s why, going forward, the commonwealth is going to concentrate its land protection efforts on three priorities, which complement the administration’s smart-growth goals:

  • Urban Parks: For smart growth to succeed, urban life needs to be attractive. From a land perspective, the best thing we can do to improve urban living is to make sure there are beautiful parks within walking distance of every urban dweller. So we plan to create visionary urban parks in 10 to 15 cities in neighborhoods that don’t have them, and to significantly¬†[improve] parks in all 51 Massachusetts cities over the next four years…

CommonWealth Magazine: “Urban greenery can bring better health, more attractive neighborhoods, and even safer streets”
Photo Essay: 10 Reasons People Like Trees Around Them; Will the Sustainable Northampton Plan Put Urban Trees at Risk?

Rutherford Platt, “Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways to More Ecological Cities”

UMass Press: “Natural Land: Preserving and Funding Open Space”

Downstreet.net: “Despite Tree City USA Honor Northampton Planting Lags”
Each year, the city removes more dead or hazardous trees than it replaces, leaving a net decrease in the population of our mature shade trees…