Category Archives: Weston Forest & Trail

Hobbes, Cat Rock’s Beloved Snapping Turtle, Hospitalized

CW (Content Warning): later on, there’s going to be a ghastly photo of an injured turtle. If you don’t care to see it, well, close this window now. Earlier this spring, WFTA and the police Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly were notified numerous times that a snapping turtle was caught in an enclosed chain-link fence area near the dam. You

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Stewardship Saturdays Start September 18

Have you ever wanted to be involved in taking care of Weston’s Conservation land? Want to meet other like-minded trail stewardship champions? Need a good workout? The answer to all three questions is yes! Join the Weston Conservation Department and Weston Forest and Trail Association (WFTA) on the third Saturday of every month for stewardship and camaraderie to collaboratively help manage nearly

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The Trails were There for You; Are You There for the Trails? WFTA Membership Plummets Year over Year

Last year during the worst of the pandemic, usage of Weston conservation land skyrocketed. Residents and non-residents alike sought out peaceful distancing in the white-pine and hardwood forests, and the open meadows and wetlands and streams. Along with that, membership in the non-profit Weston Forest & Trail Association (WFTA) also climbed into the hundreds, as trail users realized how the

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College Pond’s Apple Orchard: Why Town Meeting Matters

As most residents of Weston know, the town is blessed with 2,000 acres of Conservation and open space, much of it donated or purchased in the 1950s through the 1970s. Without the tireless work of Weston Forest & Trail volunteers as well as people who thought more about community than about 7,000 square foot houses, Weston would look a lot

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Meet Hobbes, the Hobbs Pond Turtle, and Know He’s Okay

Weston Forest & Trail Association and Weston’s Animal Control Officer Karen O’Reilly have recently received multiple reports of a trapped snapping turtle at Hobbs Pond in the Cat Rock conservation area. Callers are concerned that the turtle seems to be blocked in a fenced-off area next to the spillway of Hobbs Brook. Here’s the news: Hobbes (because of course that

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Temporary Leash Order Lifted on Conservation Lands

The Conservation Commission has voted to accept the latest Emergency Management Team guidance which is to lift the emergency leash order for all conservation lands. While the mandate had been loosened in August 2020 to allow off-leash dogs until 10 am, this returns most properties to allowing off-leash dogs with no time restrictions. Properties that continue to be dog-restricted regardless

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Annihilate or Be Annihilated – Garlic Mustard Warfare

Yesterday evening, the Owl and Mr. Owl took a stroll around Town Green. What a lovely spot–except for A TON of garlic mustard taking hold along the northern edge. Allowed to grow unchecked, garlic mustard will take over the world, and your garden, and crowd out all kinds of pollinator-friendly plants. What to do, Weston? Annihilate it, with the guidance

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A Walk in the Woods – Weston Community Children’s Association Event

This weekend, the songs of wrens and clunk-clunk of woodpeckers will get some competition from the exuberant voices and laughter of children. The Weston Community Children’s Association is taking to the trails, not en masse, but in family and small groups. With 99.9 miles (not kidding…anyone want to give WFTA a 0.1 mile trail easement?) and 2,000 acres of conservation

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