Bolton Conservation Trust|
The Bolton Conservation Trust was proud to award the 2014 Bonnie Potter Scholarship to Olivia Petkauskos at the Nashoba Regional High School Senior Awards Night on Monday, June 2, 2014. The criterion for the $1,000 scholarship is community service in conservation or environmental issues. Petkauskos will attend Salve Regina University in the fall.
The Scholarship is awarded by the Bolton Conservation Trust in honor of the enormous contribution that Bonnie Potter has made to environmental education and conservation of natural resources and land in Bolton and New England. Bonnie has been an extremely active and positive force behind the Bolton Conservation Trust since its founding in 1975 and served as President for many years. She has been a driving force behind many successful land protection efforts in Bolton and has also been the inspiration and implementer of the Trust’s “second mission” – environmental education.
In collaboration with Emerson School and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, she started the “ELF” (Environmental Learning for the Future) Program in Bolton in 1988. The program, now the Four Winds Program, is part of the curriculum in the Bolton Schools from kindergarten through 5th Grade and is a collaborative program of trained volunteers and elementary school teachers.
Bonnie’s advocacy for environmental education is also reflected in her leadership in establishing and developing the Bolton Conservation Trust Nature Camp, now the Tom Denney Nature Camp. The Camp, started the year after the Trust’s founding as a 2-week program, has expanded progressively to 5 weeks and 250 campers (spots still available – register now at tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org). Many of the campers have become counselors and moved on to environmental education and careers, fulfilling Bonnie’s vision of early environmental experience and education as a vehicle for sustainable environmental awareness and advocacy.
Bonnie’s land and natural resource conservation efforts have included leadership in protecting a number of parcels of land in Bolton. She has also coordinated community service grants for testing water on the Still River and Nashua River by Emerson School students and provided leadership in the certification of vernal pools throughout Bolton under the State’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program for protection under the Wetlands Protection Act.
Despite moving to Maine, Bonnie remains active on the Trust’s Board of Directors and continues to be directly involved in Bolton land preservation activities for which the Trust and the community are most appreciative.
Background on Bolton Center
To donate to the Bolton Conservation Trust in memory of Rob Held
1.) Send a check to the Bolton Conservation Trust with Rob’s name in the memo line
2.) Make a credit card payment through our membership website http://tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org
Click on membership and set the amount you would like to donate.
Then, send an email to email@example.com and tell us that your donation is for Rob's fund.
Bolton Center Cleanup
Members of the Bolton Conservation Trust and other volunteers worked to remove unsightly growth, trash and recyclable metal at the former Smith property in Bolton Center. It was one of the initial steps in the overall process to transform the property to an asset to the Bolton community.
On July 13 several volunteers removed the overgrown shrubs in front of 715 Main Street revealing the façade of the historical building behind. Plans are being made to repaint the classic entrance to further enhance the appearance of this classic 1840s building.
On July 21, sixteen volunteers worked for several hours to fill two metal recycling containers and a large trash container to the tops with the steel and trash from the abandoned trailer bodies and elsewhere on the property. The trailer bodies are scheduled to be removed in the near future.
The above-ground cleanup complements the ongoing subsurface environmental investigation of the property to meet Massachusetts DEP requirements and prepare to remediate the property from its current contaminated condition. The Trust wishes to thank all of the volunteers who engaged in the challenging job of moving all of the metal and trash.
2012 - Bolton Center Trail Open to the Public
The Bolton Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the opening of the new Bolton Center Trail. Set well above the bustle of Main Street, the trail offers hikers a unique perspective of the Town Center, highlighting the rocky woodlands, interweaved by old stone walls and scattered with wild blueberries. The trail starts at the northeast side of the former Smith property (near intersection of Main Street and Wattaquadock Hill Road), ascends into the woods and traverses east across the ridge to join the Powderhouse Hill Trail near the historic Powderhouse above the Town Hall.
Parking is available at the former Smith property near the blinking light.
***Please take out whatever you bring in - leave only footprints. Please do not pick the flowers or flowering shrubs - leave them for others to enjoy. Be careful not to disturb the stone walls and, if crossing, they can be dangerous. Fires and motorized vehicles are not permitted on Bolton Conservation Land.***
For more information about this trail, contact the Bolton Conservation Trust at 978-429-3004 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org .