Learning from our Neighbors– Mass Audubon Flat Rock Wildlife Sanctuary to Cut for Pitch Pine Heathland Restoration

Group of people listening to a talk in the woods.

Last fall, North County Land Trust was notified that Mass Audubon was planning to conduct forest cutting activities at the Flat Rock Wildlife Sanctuary in Fitchburg in early 2022 to support the persistence of the sanctuary’s distinctive ridgetop pitch pine heathland (learn more about  Pitch Pine Natural Community). Because the cutting activity would be adjacent to … Read more

Sean Magane Memorial Bench

A memorial gift is a special way to honor a lost loved one. And it is an honor for North County Land Trust to be the recipient of a beautiful memorial bench in memory of Sean Magane of Fitchburg at our Crocker Conservation Area. The following is a piece from Sean’s sister, Melissa Magane. My … Read more

Training for a 5k Race

Want to run in the Rock & Laurel 5k Trial Race this summer but don’t know where to start? According to an article on mayoclinic.org, “You can prepare for a 5K run in just two months.” There are lots of great tips out there including pintables and sites dedicated to training.

A few quick tips for your own training:

  • Proper footwear and the right clothes is essential.
  • If your goal is to run in a 5K, don’t just train for an imaginary race — sign up for one (hint…NCLT’s Rock & Laurel Trail Race).
  • The longer your body has to work up to the goal, the less chance you’ll have of injuring yourself.
  • Find more tips here: Top 10 Training Tips for a 5k

Be on the lookout for some group runs organized by North County Land Trust’s staff and volunteers in the coming months as we prepare for the Rock & Laurel Trial Race. This way, you can train together at Crocker Conservation Area with friends and members of NCLT. You’ll have the chance to run together for motivation, familiarize yourself with the trials, and make some new running buddies. And for those of you concerned that a trail race isn’t for you, don’t worry! As part of the fundraiser will have option of a walk and participating virtually.

Until then, reach out to us with any questions you might have about the Rock & Laurel 5k Trail Race at info@northcountylandtrust.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: July 2020

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2020 Nancy Seguin – Garden Tour Volunteer & Trail Steward There are many ways to get involved with NCLT. Trail stewards help us to clear new paths and maintain existing trails in our conservation areas.  Hike leaders guide walkers and share their knowledge. A special events volunteer joins with others to help plan … Read more

Big’s Switchback – A New Trail at Crocker

The newest NCLT trail was cut recently at Crocker Conservation Area in Fitchburg! Back in early May a small crew of 2 board members, Mary Cringan & Betty Reid, a trail monitor, Ken Schafer, and NCLT employees, Jassy Bratko & Emily Merlino, cut an alternate trail section off of Big’s Bushwhack (while practicing social distancing). … Read more