Conway

  • Town of Conway Massachusetts
  • 32 Main Street
  • 413-369-4235
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Forest and Trails Committee

Additional Page(s)

foresttrails@conwayma.gov

Meeting Schedule: 4th Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Next 3 meetings:

Members

6 of 6 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • Marilyn Webster. June, 2024.
  • Courtney Gilligan. June, 2025.
  • Cynthia Lawton-Singer, Associate. June, 2025.
  • Deb Donaldson, Co-chair. June, 2024.
  • Suzanne Artemieff, Co-chair. June, 2026.
  • Priscilla Lynch, Secretary. June, 2023.

Forest and Trails Committee

In 2020 the town engaged experts in forestry management to help the community assess our vision and desires for the two town-owned parcels of land, the Fournier Lot and the Town Farm Forest. The products of that contract are two very detailed Forest Stewardship Plans.

During the process of developing those plans, it became clear after surveying our community that our top priorities for these parcels were:

  • To value the gifts of clean air, water, carbon sequestration and to support the biodiversity that our forests provide.
  • To enjoy the beauty of wildlife and nature allowing only the natural forest processes to change over time, while also maintaining our access to the woodlands.

In June 2021 the Forest & Trails Committee was formed to implement these plans. We see our tasks as the following:

  • Foster community, education and connection with our woodlands.
  • Prioritize and implement aspects of the Forest Stewardship Plans and encourage the health of the town forests.

The committee generally meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 6:30pm. Please join us.


Land acknowledgment

We recognize and honor that these are the unceded lands of the Pocumtuck and Nipmuc. Many Indigenous people survived the brutal practices of colonization by the European settlers of North America and live today in the area of what is now known as Conway. It is imperative that we both see and hear them.  

As Indigenous cultures teach us, the land is part of who we are. We honor native connection to the land as well as native respect and gratitude for all beings. We honor the trees and forests, the lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, all plants and beings.

The Conway Forest and Trails Committee is working to partner long-term with local Indigenous people and to continue the path of decolonization in both our individual and our collective work.


Volunteers wanted

One stated objective of the Stewardship Plans developed to guide the care for these properties is removing invasive species which have become numerous in some areas on both properties. Asiatic bittersweet, honeysuckle, barberry and multiflora rose are some of the most commonly found perennial invasive species. They threaten the healthy native plant communities which sustain biological richness, plant diversity and forest resilience.

If you are interested in invasive species removal, in planting native ground covers, shrubs and understory trees or in trail maintenance, please let us know by texting Cynthia Lawton-Singer at 413-230-7185 so we can keep you informed when these work dates are being planned.

 

Previous meetings:

Forest and Trails Comm Meetings

Name Uploaded Date
   FT work party - December.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-11-18 11:01:51
   FT Minutes 2023-11-12.pdf 2023-11-29 10:22:38
   FT Minutes 2023-10-25 .pdf 2023-11-29 10:22:36
   FT Minutes 2023-08-23.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-11-02 09:21:36
   FT minutes 2023-07-26.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-08-24 09:59:41
   FT Minutes 2023-06-28.pdf 2023-07-31 08:45:43
   FT Minutes 2023-05-24.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-06-29 11:12:35
   FT minutes 2023-02-02.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-03-23 11:07:23
   FT Minutes 2022-12-28.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-02-03 09:26:21
   FT Agenda 2024-01-24.pdf (View on Calendar) 2024-01-19 09:31:39
   FT agenda 2023 04 26.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-04-24 11:07:31
   FT Agenda 2023-12-27.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-12-21 08:39:00
   FT Agenda 2023-11-28.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-11-21 08:48:39
   FT Agenda 2023-11-05.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-11-02 09:17:09
   FT Agenda 2023-10-25.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-10-23 09:05:19
   FT Agenda 2023-09-27.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-09-25 09:04:09
   FT agenda 2023-08-23.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-08-21 10:24:23
   FT Agenda 2023-07-26.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-07-24 10:32:13
   FT Agenda 2023-06-28.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-06-27 08:24:10
   FT agenda 2023-05-24.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-05-22 08:43:37
   FT agenda 2023-03-22.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-03-20 09:31:11
   FT Agenda 2023-02-02.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-01-30 10:21:46
   FT Agenda 2023-01-25.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-01-23 10:40:00
   FT agenda 12-28-22 .pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-12-23 08:58:56
   FT 2022-07-27 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:44
   FT 2022-06-22 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:41
   FT 2022-06-22 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:39
   FT 2022-06-02 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:37
   FT 2022-06-02 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:35
   FT 2022-05-25 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:33
   FT 2022-05-25 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:30
   FT 2022-04-27 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:28
   FT 2022-04-27 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:26
   FT 2022-03-23 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:23
   FT 2022-03-23 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:21
   FT 2022-03-13 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:19
   FT 2022-03-13 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:17
   FT 2022-02-23 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:15
   FT 2022-02-23 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:12
   FT 2022-01-26 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:10
   FT 2022-01-26 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:08
   FT 2021-12-22 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:05
   FT 2021-12-22 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:03
   FT 2021-11-17 Minutes.pdf 2022-08-31 16:35:00
   FT 2021-10-27 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:34:58
   FT 2021-10-27 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:34:56
   FT 2021-10-05 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:34:54
   FT 2021-10-05 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:34:51
   FT 2021-09-22 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:34:50
   FT 2021-09-22 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:34:49
   FT 2021-09-13 Minutes.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:36:00
   FT 2021-09-13 Agenda.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-08-31 16:35:58
   FT 2021-08-25 Minutes.pdf 2022-08-31 16:35:56
   FT 2021-08-25 Agenda.pdf 2022-08-31 16:35:53
   FT 2021-07-28 Agenda.pdf 2022-08-31 16:35:51
   FT 2021-06-23 Minutes.pdf 2022-08-31 16:35:46
   FT-Minutes-2023-04-26.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-05-30 08:47:29
   FT-Minutes-2022-10-26.pdf 2022-11-17 09:09:21

Forest and Trails Files

Name Uploaded Date
   Workshop-For-Private-Forest-Landowners.pdf 2022-08-15 15:55:36
   Woods Walk Flyer Conway.pdf 2023-04-21 08:58:53
   trail witch-hazel-flowers-MWebster.jpg 2023-08-18 20:47:40
   trail states-with-Eastern-White-Pine.png 2023-08-18 20:41:35
   trail recent eab ash damage in new england.jpg 2023-08-18 20:41:13
   trail Polystichum acrostichoides fiddleheads CMcDonough.jpg 2023-08-18 20:33:46
   trail identify-the-beech-TreehuggerHilary Allison.png 2023-08-19 15:00:07
   trail ice-saws-and-picks.jpg 2023-09-15 19:31:09
   trail hemlock-woolly-adelgid.jpg 2023-08-18 20:41:11
   trail hemlock-threats.jpg 2023-09-15 19:30:41
   trail Fagus grandifolia leaf CMcDonough.jpg 2023-08-18 20:33:49
   trail elongatehemlock-scale-jw.jpg 2023-08-18 20:41:09
   trail EAB-Larval-Galleries.jpg 2023-08-18 20:41:18
   trail csm tree-related-microhabitats.png 2023-08-18 20:41:41
   trail adult-EAB.png 2023-08-19 15:00:02
   trail Acer saccharum lf CMcDonough.jpg 2023-08-18 20:33:42
   trail-UCC-church.png 2023-09-27 14:44:54
   Town Farm Forest Stewardship Plan.pdf 2022-08-15 15:50:51
   Sept Oct 2023 party.pdf 2023-08-02 08:45:41
   mountain laurel in bloom.png 2023-08-17 16:42:42
   FT Minutes 2022-11-16.pdf (View on Calendar) 2022-12-29 09:00:58
   FT Agenda2023-10-20.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-10-17 08:45:05
   FT Agenda2023-10-20.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-10-17 08:45:05
   FT Agenda 2024-02-28.pdf (View on Calendar) 2024-02-23 08:32:54
   Fournier Trail Map.JPG 2023-08-18 20:33:43
   Fournier Lot-The Grammar School-Forest Stewardship Plan.pdf 2022-08-15 15:49:01
   Forest and Trails invasives plant work party JulyAugust 2023.pdf (View on Calendar) 2023-06-06 09:21:53
   Forest Trails invasives series II.pdf 2023-04-05 09:06:18