2020 Annual Meeting

Hudson Land Trust

2020 Annual Meeting

On May 19, 2020, the Members of the Hudson Land Trust held their annual meeting. Tom Green and Andy Horvitz were re-elected as Directors and subsequently as Officers, Clerk and Treasurer, respectively.

2019 highlights and our plans for 2020 were discussed.

More info here.

Click to access 2020-Annual-Meeting.pdf

New Year’s Day Hike

The public is invited to hike the Danforth Falls Conservation Area in Hudson, Mass., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. The walk includes picturesque views of Danforth Brook, historic stone walls, summit views west of Hudson, wildlife, a waterfall, and more.

Follow the orange ribbon on your own or join a free guided tour at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. This one-mile loop includes uneven terrain and a somewhat steep climb up and down from the 450-foot summit, so visitors should wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for an intermediate hiking opportunity. It is not suitable for strollers.

This activity is co-sponsored by the Hudson Recreation Department and the Hudson Land Trust. Danforth Falls Conservation Area is located on Lincoln Street (Route 85) across from Bradford Road. If the small parking area is full, please park on Bradford.

Business Fundraising Effort Kicks Off

Our Business Fundraising Efforts Have Begun

Now Seeking Sponsors!

 

We are an all-volunteer organization that seeks funding to further our conservation goals. Your financial support enables us to maintain, beautify, and enhance the utilization of, the Town’s conservation properties.


Our fundraising appeal:

In late 2018 a group of Hudson residents formed a non-profit organization (501(c)3), the Hudson Land Trust. The Trust’s principal function is to assist the Town of Hudson in the oversight and management of its conservation lands, ensuring they are preserved for future generations as intended.

We are working with the Town, partner community organizations, and the public at large on initiatives ranging from trail building and signage to community engagement and education. In the coming weeks, we will be filing conservation restrictions with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Division of Conservation Services, a legal process that ensures the land will be protected in accordance with the Community Preservation Act.

We are an all-volunteer organization. Our Board of Directors has worked hard to form the Trust, build relationships, and get the organization off the ground. Community support for the Trust has been strong and we have been humbled by the generous financial support of our neighbors.

With a mandate to protect these lands forever and with countless opportunities to enhance their utility today, we are seeking donations from local businesses who share our commitment to natural resource conservation.

We offer supporter opportunities as follows:

Benefactor, $5,000 Conservator, $2,500 Steward, $500

For more information, please visit our website hudsonlandtrust.org/supporters or reach me directly at contact@hudsonlandtrust.org or 978-568-1619.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this further at your convenience.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Gregory Opp

President, Hudson Land Trust


Learn more and donate here.

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Our First Public Meeting. January 16, 2019

The Trust’s First Public Meeting

On Wednesday, January 16th, in the Avidia Bank Community Room, the Hudson Land Trust held its first public meeting. More than thirty residents attended the presentation by the Trust’s board of directors, who were joined by Pam Helinek, Hudson’s Conservation Agent, and Linda Ghiloni of the Community Preservation Committee.

The presentation covered important background information on the Community Preservation Act (“CPA”), the basis for the one percent property surtax that Hudson enacted in 2007. Since enacting the CPA at Town Meeting, Hudson has raised more than $3M and received approximately $1.25M in matching funds from the State.

The Board’s Presentation

Over the last decade, these Community Preservation Funds have been used, as intended and legally required, in support of various land acquisition for conservation and recreation, historic preservation, and affordable housing initiatives. It is the land acquisitions that necessitated the formation of the Trust.

Under the CPA, each property acquired with Community Preservation Funds must have a Conservation Restriction associated with it. A Conservation Restriction is a legal document that provides a thorough description of the property and a narrowly defined set of approved uses, as defined and reviewed by various state agencies. Conservation Restrictions on these CPA properties must be held by a private trust, one approved by the local Community Preservation Committee and by voters at Town Meeting. The Hudson Land Trust was formed to serve this purpose.

Following the Board’s presentation, various members of the community, including representatives from the Board of Selectmen, Hudson Public Schools, and the Boy Scouts, offered their support for the organization and its goals.

The Board would like to thank all who attended for your support and also Avidia Bank for the use of their Community Room.

The Hudson Land Trust is now welcoming members and donations. Join us, here.