We hope everyone had happy holidays filled with friends, family, and cheer!  With the start of the new year, we are feeling refreshed and invigorated to bring you more of the exciting walks, talks, and programs you love and to continue protecting as much open space and undeveloped land as possible before it is lost forever.  Thank you for your support!

Last month Wildlands invited Heidi Ricci and Stefani Covino of Mass. Audubon to present their new tool MAPPR, developed in partnership with the Nature Conservancy and LandVest.  This user-friendly GIS-based program allows people without GIS skills to find land with the highest conservation value at the parcel level.  We hope many of the Conservation agents, commissioners, and open space committee members will have found this tool useful in conservation planning.

Many thanks to a generous supporter who donated two benches to the Great River Preserve in Bridgewater in memory of his dog.  The benches now provide a nice resting point for walkers and trail users to take in the beautiful scenery of the Great River.

We had so much fun at our last volunteer appreciation event, a waffle breakfast party.  We are so grateful for our tremendous volunteers that help us out all year long, and we love being able to give back and show we care!  Keep an eye out for our next volunteer appreciation event this Spring.

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Visit our Volunteer page to learn more.

This year marked the first CommuniTree project in Plymouth in which community non-profit and service organizations created hand-made ornaments to display on the downtown Christmas tree.  The only instructions were to make something that represents your organization, and is approximately the size of a toaster, and Wildlands was more than happy to come up with the ornament pictured above.  Many thanks to Frank Mand and the many others that made this unique project possible.