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Caring for Special Places
It's not enough to save land – it needs care and management, forever.

Caring for and Restoring Habitat
Habitats face threats from development, invasive species, and more.

Protecting Rare Species 
We're working to ensure rare species have safe places to live and breed.

Management Guidelines & Policies
Our experience can help you manage your own special places.


What is Hiding Beneath All of This Snow: Protecting Rare Species at The Trustees
The snow is piled deep, the leaves are off the trees, flowers are just a past thought, and many Trustees properties are bundled up for the winter.



How Will Your Garden Grow?
To be better caretakers of our environment, some gardeners are modifying their methods.



Gardener's Guide to Getting Started
Ready to get started growing your own vegetables? We asked Barbara Dombrowski from Goose Cove Gardens in Gloucester for her top tips for first-time growers.



Four Tips for Reducing Your Garden's Carbon Footprint
You've heard the tips a hundred times: change your light bulbs, install a programmable thermostat, wash your clothes in cold water. They're all good ways to save energy, save money, and reduce your climate impact. But they have one other thing in common: they happen inside the house. So what can you do outside to reduce your carbon footprint? Plenty. Here are a few tips for making your lawn and garden a little greener this year.



A Neighborhood Watch... For Invasive Plants
They are stealthy. They don’t respect property lines. And they spread surprisingly quickly for something rooted in the ground. When aggressive, invasive plants threaten the health of our local rivers, fields, and woodlands. That’s the time for neighbors to band together.



Speak for the Trees!
In August 2008, the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) was discovered in Worcester. As a result, 27,000 trees had to be cut down. Now, in July 2010, the ALB has been discovered in Boston. Only 6 trees have been cut down (so far) because this invasive beetle was identified and reported quickly by an observant and informed individual.



Exotic Beetle Threatens Massachusetts
The Asian longhorned beetle was detected in Worcester last summer (2008). Volunteers, including Trustees staff, have been helping to survey conservation lands in Worcester for the invasive beetle but more volunteers are needed for this ongoing effort that is expected to take many years.



Keeping Watch and Keeping Count
While we know a great deal about the complex natural systems of the landscapes under our care, there is much that we do not know.



Talking Turkeys - and Lots of 'Em
A trap-and-release program succeeds beyond its wildest dreams.



Of Tides, Mud, and Marsh
“To sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” – Rachel Carson



Bobcat Betrothals
One late-winter morning, I went in search of bobcat love. The previous day had been sunny, and the night clear and starry. Evidence of last night’s wildcatting activities was all about.



Make Tracks this Winter
As you explore the outdoors this winter, keep an eye out for tracks and other signs of local wildlife. The clues you find will help give you a deeper understanding of the landscape. Here are four tips to help novice and expert alike.



A Neighborhood Watch Program for Invasive Plants
They are stealthy. They don’t respect property lines. And they spread surprisingly quickly for something rooted in the ground! When aggressive, invasive plants threaten the health of our local rivers, fields, and woodlands, its time for neighbors to band together.



The Ecologist's Nightmare
For this cobble-keeper, it’s personal. the very idea of invasive species attacking the health and ecological integrity of his beloved Bartholomew’s Cobble keeps Rene Wendell up at night, plotting short-term counter-measures and planning long-term strategies.



Tale of Two Bedrocks
Some of my earliest memories of being out in the woods were with my dad, who loved to take the family for short hikes at Bartholomew’s Cobble, just over the border from our cottage in Salisbury, CT. I remember well the Cobble’s impressive marble outcroppings right next to the Housatonic River, its stately trees, and its rich flora.