Conservation Commission Approves Culvert Project at Roth Woodlands
A divided Chilmark conservation commission voted last week to approve a project to install a new culvert in Mill Brook headwaters off North Road. Proposed by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, the project has kicked up a cloud of controversy.
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Review of Records Sheds Light on State Forest Trail Cutting
A comprehensive review of correspondence between the state DCR and staff and board members of the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation shows all were closely involved with an aggressive trail cutting project.
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State Forest Trail Restoration Work Begins
Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation have finalized an agreement to close and restore more than 25 miles of trails that were illegally cut.
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Hearing Continues on Culvert Replacement in Chilmark
The Chilmark conservation commission continued a public hearing this week on a long-running plan by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation to replace two culverts at the Mill Brook headwaters off North Road.
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State Forest Trail Clearing Was Marked by Lack of Oversight
A long trail of good intentions that began with a once-promising partnership between the state and Sheriff’s Meadow ended with an announcement that 25 miles of unpermitted trails would be closed.
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State Will Close Unpermitted Trails in Correllus Forest
The Department of Conservation and Recreation plans to immediately close some 25 miles of unpermitted trails that were carved into the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.
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African-American Heritage Sites Added to Island Hiking App
The TrailsMV app now includes more than a dozen sites from the African-American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard.
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New Trail Opens Near Cedar Tree Neck
The Elinor Moore Irvin trail in West Tisbury crosses 110 wooded acres that Ms. Irvin donated to the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation.
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Major Pledge Bolsters Red Gate Farm Purchase
To support conservation and inspire others to do the same, the Wyss Foundation has pledged $1 million in matching funds to create the Squibnocket Pond Reservation, a rare 304-acre preserve that is now part of the Kennedy family’s Red Gate Farm.
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Sheriff’s Meadow Confirms Unpermitted Trail Clearing
Julia Wells
Unpermitted trail clearing in the state forest has led to a citation from state environmental officials for violations of the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act.
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