Beach Closures Begin to Protect Nesting Plovers
Will Sennott

With the nesting season for piping plovers underway, The Trustees of Reservations have restricted vehicle access to parts of the Chappy shoreline.

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Summer Art Event Planned by Trustees Sparks Opposition
Holly Pretsky

A splashy art installation planned for July by the Trustees of Reservations is seeing pushback from neighbors and town officials.

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Trustees Name New Islands Director

Sam Hart of Aquinnah has been named Islands director for the Trustees of Reservations, the land conservancy announced in a press release this week. An Island native, Mr. Hart will leave his post as executive director of ACE MV.

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Sandplain Grassland Restoration Begins
Landry Harlan
The roar of machinery and crunch of crushed vegetation were in the air at Long Point Wildlife Refuge in West Tisbury this week, marking the beginning of a pair of state-funded projects to restore rare Island sandplain grasslands.
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Cape Pogue Beach Is to Be Preserved
Vineyard Gazette
The Cape Pogue beach - two miles of it - including virtually all the strip with the ocean on one side and Cape Pogue Bay on the other, has been given to the Trustees of Reservations by Charles Sumner Bird and Oliver P. Filley, Chappaquiddick summer residents who acquired the beach some years ago.
 
The strip is one of great natural interest and beauty - often of windswept beauty - embodying the unaltered character of so much of the exposed shoreline of the Vineyard.
 
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Grasshopper Sparrows Return to Katama Plains
Noah Asimow

The return of grasshopper sparrows at Katama this summer has been heralded by Island conservationists as a hopeful sign of ecological health.

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With Shorebirds Nesting, Over-Sand Vehicle Closures Begin
Sara Brown

Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge and other barrier beaches will be closed to over-sand vehicles starting next week.

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Trustees of Reservations Hire New Manager
Steve Myrick
Eunice Youmans began work last month as the new executive for The Trustees of Reservations on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
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Norton Point Reopens to Oversand Traffic
Sara Brown

Norton Point has reopened to over-sand vehicle traffic after several weeks of closures during peak shorebird rearing season.

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To Conserve and Protect; Island Conservationists Say Cooperation Is Key
Alex Elvin
Since the founding of Sheriff’s Meadow in 1958, Martha’s Vineyard has become a world leader in conservation, with a several nonprofits working together to preserve the natural environment.
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