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It Takes a Village to Understand and Manage Our Sandplain Grasslands

April 5, 2019 / Comments Off on It Takes a Village to Understand and Manage Our Sandplain Grasslands

Nantucket’s sandplain grasslands are upland plant communities unique to this region of North America. Once common along the northeastern seaboard, residential, and commercial development and succession to shrublands has all but eliminated these habitats from other coastal areas from Long Island, New York to coastal Maine. It is currently estimated that between 85-98% of the…

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Good Firebreaks Make Good Neighbors

February 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Good Firebreaks Make Good Neighbors

One of the frequent calls we get at the Foundation’s office during the fall, winter and early spring involves questions about the firebreak management work we are doing on our properties. Why are we cutting down the shrubs? Where will we be cutting next? Will we eventually be cutting down everything? The level of interest…

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Pest House Pond Water Quality Management is Underway

November 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Pest House Pond Water Quality Management is Underway

Pest House Pond is small, brackish wetland approximately ¾ acre in size located along the shoreline of Nantucket Harbor between Monomoy and Shimmo. The pond and surrounding property totaling 3.6 acres was donated to the Foundation in 1973 by the Shimmo Association, with an additional 1-acre abutting parcel donated by Mrs. I. H. Burnside in…

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What’s going on with all the brushcutting in the Tom Nevers Area? Wildfire Risk Reduction and Restoring Habitat for Rare Plants and Animals

May 3, 2018 / Comments Off on What’s going on with all the brushcutting in the Tom Nevers Area? Wildfire Risk Reduction and Restoring Habitat for Rare Plants and Animals

Take a walk or bike ride along the Milestone Bike Path near the Tom Nevers Road intersection or in the South Pastures area of the island (between the airport and Tom Nevers) and you will notice some dramatic clearing of vegetation and new open areas. Nantucket Conservation Foundation staff have been working on brushcutting management…

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Nantucket’s Special “Some Bunny”

September 22, 2017 / Comments Off on Nantucket’s Special “Some Bunny”

Nantucket’s fauna is very unique – maybe more so for what is not here than for what we have. Numerous species that are common elsewhere in New England are missing from our assemblage of terrestrial wildlife, including chipmunks, possums, raccoons, skunks, fox, woodchucks, and coyotes. What we do have on Nantucket are several species of…

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Shorebirds- Migration in Motion

August 18, 2017 / Comments Off on Shorebirds- Migration in Motion

by Elizabeth C. Buck It may seem like August has just arrived, and there is still plenty of summertime to be enjoyed by all, but our shorebirds are already thinking about fall migration. Nantucket is home to many nesting shorebirds that now have young fledglings ready to make their journey south to their wintering grounds.…

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It’s Blueberry Season!

August 11, 2017 / Comments Off on It’s Blueberry Season!

By Karen C. Beattie Summer is in full swing here on Nantucket – the beaches are packed, the restaurants and shops in town are at their busiest and the bike paths are congested. If you are looking for an alternative to these more common summer activities and want to be a true “Nantucket Locavore,” you…

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Meet Our 2017 Seasonal Botany and Ecology Field Assistants!

June 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Meet Our 2017 Seasonal Botany and Ecology Field Assistants!

Each summer, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation’s Science and Stewardship Department hires two seasonal Botany and Ecology Field Assistants to help us collect data on a variety of projects throughout the field season. This year, we are very lucky to have Jacob Erle and Scott Fuchs on our team! Jake and Scott will be helping us…

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Let the Field Season Begin……

May 11, 2017 / Comments Off on Let the Field Season Begin……

Spring is the time of year when there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the work day for our Science and Stewardship Department’s full-time staff. There are winter writing projects that need to be wrapped up, early season field work to fit in when Nantucket’s fickle spring weather is cooperative, preparations to be…

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The balance between public access and rare resource protection – here’s how we’re doing it at Head of the Plains

June 7, 2016 / Comments Off on The balance between public access and rare resource protection – here’s how we’re doing it at Head of the Plains

The Foundation has always strived to manage its properties to provide for public access and protect rare ecological resources. These goals can often be at cross purposes, so succeeding at both requires a great deal of strategic planning. Developing property conservation management plans that achieve this balance is one of the primary tasks of the…

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