HCT News

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Successful 2nd Annual Tour de Trash!

May 9, 2016

On behalf of the staff and Trustees of the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), the Town Conservation Department, and the Tour de Trash Committee, thank you for volunteering your time to support Harwich’s 2nd annual ‘Tour de Trash’ town-wide spring clean-up! 75 Volunteers fanned out across town on Saturday, April 30th to remove 440 pounds of trash…

Great blue heron lifting off by Janet DiMattia

May 2nd Voters Help HCT Strive Forward

May 2, 2016

Muddy Creek Headwaters Project: Town Meeting Voters Authorize $500,000 At the May 2, 2016 Harwich Town Meeting, voters unanimously passed Article 38 authorizing $500,000 in Town Community Preservation Act funds toward the Muddy Creek Headwaters Land Preservation Project. The goal of the project is to preserve 17 acres (~14 acres in E. Harwich & ~3…

Muddy Creek looking downstream by David Colantuono The Cape Codder

Vote YES on Article 38: Help Save 17 Acres

April 29, 2016

Muddy Creek Headwaters Project:  Protect 17 acres with ~1,400 feet of shoreline Vote YES on Article 38 in the May 2, 2016 Annual Town Meeting Warrant to help preserve 17 acres (~14 acres in E. Harwich & ~3 acres in Chatham) with approx. 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek that flows into Pleasant Bay…

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HCT Volunteer Program Awarded National Certification

April 12, 2016

Harwich Conservation Trust is pleased to announce that Points of Light, a national, independent, nonpartisan, non-profit focused on promoting volunteerism, certified the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) as a Service Enterprise, which is defined as an organization that effectively engages volunteers to successfully deliver its mission. HCT’s mission is to preserve land that protects woods, water,…

sunset by Charles Burke

3-Walk Series: Native American History, April 2016

April 6, 2016

This walk series is now full. If you would like to add your name(s) to the waiting list, please email your name(s) and phone number to: hctevents@gmail.com. Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, Brewster Conservation Trust, Dennis Conservation Trust, and the Native Land Conservancy, 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Nipmuck/Wampanoag Marcus Hendricks will lead…

Wildlife Tracking Workshop

March 11, 2016

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.) Rain date: Sunday, April 3rd (same time) Location: Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands (directions will be emailed after you pay in advance by credit card)  Price: $15 per person  – limited space available Registration: Click here to register and pay by credit card. Workshop Description: Sponsored by Harwich Conservation…

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2016: HCT Events

December 2, 2015

HCT’s January & February Winter Talks are held at the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St., Harwich, MA 02645) in the multi-purpose room. The “Eyes on Owls” Live Owl event on March 5th with up to seven different species and the “Meet Your Local Farmers” event on April 2nd with more than 40 exhibitors are both held in the Community Center’s…

Photo by David Colantuono, The Cape Codder

Muddy Creek Renaissance

October 21, 2015

By Susanna Graham-Pye, The Cape Codder HARWICH – The soundtrack of this day is a late summer song played by crickets hidden beneath dappled shadows in yellowing grasses. Nuthatches skitter over the chunky bark of scrub pines, singing along, while crows and jays cry out warnings. To those who listen, they say, a line of…

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Barbara & Peter Sidel Donate Salt Marsh

October 14, 2015

Barbara and Peter Sidel recently donated two 1.3-acre salt marsh parcels to the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) in the Red River estuary that flows into Nantucket Sound. The scenic sweep of salt marsh habitat is tucked just behind Red River Beach and Uncle Venie’s Road. Although salt marsh and freshwater wetlands are protected from…

Geocaching photo of Melissa Hennessey and daughter by Susanna Graham Pye

Adventures in Geocaching

September 15, 2015

By Susanna Graham-Pye, courtesy of The Cape Codder HARWICH – No mistaking it – this is an adventure. Melissa Hennessey, her five-year-old daughter Sophia, and Jenna Zoino slip off the beaten path, duck beneath a barely visible opening in the tangle of Virginia creeper and briars, and slip into the woods. Not only does an…

HCT Exterior Sign Green Robt Smith

HCT’s 27th Annual Meeting

August 12, 2015

The Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) held its 27th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on August 10th, hosted by the Wequassett Resort overlooking Pleasant Bay. More than 200 HCT members attended and heard the surprise news that HCT’s recent past President Robert F. Smith received the HCT’s 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award posthumously. The East…

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HCT Welcomes New President: Tom Evans

August 5, 2015

by Alan Pollock, The Cape Cod Chronicle Tom Evans doesn’t need to be reminded about the value of land conservation. When he and his wife purchased an antique house in North Harwich in 1973, it was on a quiet road to nowhere. Today, the road is busier than ever, heavily traveled by lots of vehicles…