By Kim Siebert MacPhail
The Bedford Land Stewards is a group of volunteers that formed in 1995 to work closely with the Conservation Commission and Trails Committee.At their fall meeting on October 22, about twenty Land Stewards met to submit field reports on the conservation and municipal lands they oversee throughout the year. The reports are used by the Conservation Commission and Trails Committee to determine how best to deploy maintenance crews and resources.
At the meeting, Head Steward Yan Thomas also distributed a Stewards Roster, listing properties and trails located on public and private lands. Because of the size of individual properties or the length of certain trails, many have been divided into manageable segments resulting in 72 different assignment areas. Approximately 40 stewards volunteer currently, adopting a portion of trail or a section of conservation land, usually near their homes.
Thomas cited these locations as in need of stewardship:
- Huckins Farm Trails (Dudley Road area)
- Frost Conservation (between Great Road and Pine Street)
- White Cedar Swamp (off Davis Road near Avalon Bay)
- O’Connor Land (near Reeves Road)
- Shawsheen River Conservation Area (the land corridor that frames the Shawsheen River)
- Mary Putnam Webber (between Concord and Hartwell Roads)
- Vanderhoof (abuts the above Webber property and extends to Massport property)
For full descriptions of Bedford’s protected land parcels, visit: https://www.town.bedford.ma.us/index.php/conservation-areas
From the Land Stewards’ website comes the following:
“Stewards get to know our conservation areas over time and serve as a voice advocating for them in our town. We present field reports twice a year at our Spring and Fall meetings. Input from the land stewards gives the Conservation Commission the information they need to best serve the town and preserve our natural spaces.”
To learn more about the Bedford Land Stewards, visit: https://bedfordlandstewards.blogspot.com/
They can also be contacted directly by email:firstname.lastname@example.org