Spring 2021
A Word from the President

I love this town.  It’s not the history or location that makes it so special, it’s the community that is willing to donate time, effort, and creativity to make everyone’s life a bit better.  I see this sense of community throughout youth sports, civic groups, charities, and even town governance.  But nowhere is it more evident to me than in WCLT.  Like many of you, I became involved in this organization simply because I enjoy the local open space and I wanted to contribute.  However, what I continue to find inspiring is how much a relatively small group of enthusiastic volunteers can accomplish.  And never has this effort been more valuable than the past year. 
With the normal pace of our lives disrupted, it’s been impossible not to appreciate our proximity to nature and the ability to share it safely with others on the trails.  The renewed importance of open space in our daily lives emphasizes the critical role our organization plays in protecting the land and making it accessible to everyone.  Despite its many challenges, this has actually been a remarkable year for the Charm Bracelet trail network.  The Town made two exciting land acquisitions, totaling almost 100 acres, which will expand our trail network.  Equally exciting progress has been made on our Gilmore Pond improvement project.  This work is supported by both a MassTrails grant and hundreds of volunteer hours, and will make this beautiful loop into our first universally accessible trail.  With a little extra creativity, we’ve also been able to promote trail use via a full slate of safe educational events. 
The most remarkable aspect of these achievements is that they were all made possible by the generosity of our membership and volunteers.  During this time when we are not able to physically gather in groups, we can still enjoy a sense of community by recognizing these shared accomplishments.  When I walk the trails, I am rejuvenated not only by nature, but also by the memories of working with all of you to preserve these special places. 

Chris Sassetti, president
Henry and Burt Osterweis on the new Gilmore Pond bridge, designed by Burt and constructed with help from several additional volunteers.
Stewardship Notes

This past year saw unprecedented usage of the Charm Bracelet trail system due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has been great to see so many people out on the trails, but with so much traffic, it’s more important than ever to remember to keep your dog leashed and to do your part to keep the trails free of trash.

For more Stewardship news and other articles in this newsletter, READ COMPLETE E-NEWS.
In this Newsletter
A Word from the President
Stewardship Notes
WCLT’s 2021 Amateur Photography Contest
People’s Choice Award March 6-19
Photo Contest Awards via Zoom March 19
Westborough Wildflower Hunt March 1-October 31
WCLT’s Pandemic Year in Review
President’s Award Profile: Susie Wells
Join the Earth Day Cleanup April 10-17
WCLT Scholarships & Earth Day Essay Contest 2021
Profile: Get Out and Explore with President Chris Sassetti
Meet New Director Vincent Servello
WCLT Board of Directors 2020-2021

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