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Citizens for Lexington Conservation promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment through education and advocacy.
CLC is a non-profit organization in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.

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2015 Candidates' Question


CLC has chosen to focus on two warrant articles for this year’s candidate question. Both are related to energy issues and their impact on global warming.


The first article would authorize the Town to enter into a Community Choice electricity aggregation program that would pool the buying power of local residents and small businesses, and choose a competitive supplier with the goal of choosing an environmentally cleaner and cheaper source of electricity. This article is being submitted to Town Meeting by the Board of Selectmen at the recommendation of the Sustainable Lexington Committee.


The second article is a citizens article being proposed by the Global Warming Action Coalition that would have Town Meeting approve a nonbinding resolution for the Town to take a stand on fossil fuel divestment. This article would urge the Town to take certain steps to reduce the Town’s investments in the oil, gas and coal industry, and to recommend fossil fuel divestments to the State Retirement Board.


Warrant article numbers had not been assigned at the time of distribution of this question to candidates. Final warrant article numbers will be posted to the CLC web site as soon as they are available.


CLC’s question to all candidates for elective office is; what position will you be taking on both warrant articles? Please include a brief explanation as to the justification for your position. Further information on both articles may be found here

Answers from the Candidates are here in the February 2015 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

Seed Saving Talk - Tuesday, February 24, at 7 PM, at Cary Library.

As the Lexington Seed Library gets ready to launch, Cary Memorial Library is hosting speaker Julie McIntosh Shapiro on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 PM.  Julie will show you the secrets of stratification (exposing seeds to the cold before sowing) as well as the strange requirements some types of seed need in order to germinate.  She will explain the seed sowing season, which starts in February and ends in July, and how you can start great seedlings that can mature into great plants.  Julie Shapiro is a seed photographer and curatorial assistant at the Harvard University Herbarium. 

This event will take place in the Large Meeting Room of Cary Memorial Library and is open to all. No registration required.
The Lexington Seed Library is a collaborative effort of Lexington Community Farm, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Public Schools, and the Lexington Field and Garden Club. For more information, visit http://carylibrary.org/lexington-seed-library or contact the seed library at lexingtonseedlibrary@lexfarm.org.

CLC Annual Meeting - April 2, 2015

Please join us for our annual meeting on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.  Our featured speaker, Joan Walsh, will enlighten us on “The State of the Birds of Massachusetts: Two Views”


In her presentation, she will discuss the results of Mass Audubon’s Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and State of the Birds 2 projects, and examine what the data tell us about bird conservation statewide. Then she will sharpen the focus to look more closely at Middlesex County and the opportunities we have for preserving our birdlife.


Joan Walsh is Director of Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon, and the Coordinator of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Her interests are in the interaction between landscapes and bird communities, and in bird breeding behavior.


The annual meeting will be held in the large lecture room at Cary Memorial Library.  Refreshments will be served.  In addition to our featured presentation, we will introduce several new and exciting CLC initiatives. 




Winter Snowshoe Walks

CLC will be offering a first ever series of snowshoe walks this winter. The purpose of these walks will be to get outside and make use of those snowshoes that you may have long neglected while enjoying the winter scenery of New England winter. The use of ski poles is recommended, and don’t forget to bring your water bottle to avoid becoming dehydrated. Falling rain or heavy snow will cancel the walk. If snow cover is thin we will walk anyway but perhaps leave the snowshoes behind.


The walks will start at 1 PM and end at 3:30 PM. Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (Kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216) 


·      Sunday, January 11   Winter Snowshoe Walk at Katahdin Woods

           Meet in the parking lot for 110 Hartwell Avenue.


·      Sunday, January 25   Winter Snowshoe Walk at Burlington’s Landlocked Forest

           Meet at the parking area under the high tension power lines on Turning Mill Road.


·      Sunday, February 15   Winter Snowshoe Walk at Lot 1 of DCR’s Beaver Brook North Reservation


Meet in the Employee parking lot at Brookhaven at Lexington, 1010 Waltham St. Bear to the right on entering the grounds at Brookhaven following the Event Parking signs. The lot is the first on your right.


Saturday, January 24, 8 - 10 AM                 Winter Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow

While this is a time of quiet in Dunback Meadow there remain possibilities of viewing unusual birds such as perching owls (Northern Saw-whet Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl), Common Redpolls and Rough-legged Hawks. Our usual feathered residents, the Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker and Blue Jay, will be there also. If there is deep snow wear boots, as the walking can be rough. Beginners and children are welcome. If there is rain or a snowstorm, the walk would be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available.  Walk Leader:  Bobbie Hodson (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421).


Thursday, January 29, 1:30 - 3 PM                 Winter Detectives at the Paint Mine

Who is prowling around the Paint Mine this time of year, and what have they been up to?  Who is sleeping winter away in this beautiful conservation area? Join us to explore tracks, food stashes, nests, cocoons, and other signs that critters leave behind in the winter.  If there is snow we’ll learn the basics of telling track stories about animal adventures. This event is geared towards elementary school children and their caregivers; children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress warmly! This event will be held with or without snow, but will be cancelled in case of heavy rain. Meet at the entrance near 54 Turning Mill Rd. Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig, (fludwig12@yahoo.com; 781-861-7231).


Saturday, March 21, 1 - 2:30 PM                  Winter Twig Walk at Hayden Woods

This walk is geared to adults and children 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Have you ever wondered how to identify trees in winter? Come learn how you can become a Twig Detective as we explore Hayden Woods. We will sharpen our observation skills, learn to use identification keys and develop an appreciation for the great variety of trees growing in Lexington. Terrain is varied so appropriate footwear is a must. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk. Meet at the entrance at the end of Valleyfield St. Walk Leader: Linda Arnow (linda.arnow@gmail.com781-861-7397).

New! Junior Ranger Program

CLC is sponsoring a new program for children - the Junior Ranger Program - aimed at getting kids out into Lexington's Conservation properties with games and activities. In conjunction with Cary Memorial Library we have a booklet to guide children and their parents. The kids will visit several different Conservation areas, fill out some activity sheets that will guide nature observation, and can, upon completion, receive a Junior Ranger Certificate from the Library.

You can find the Junior Ranger booklet here.


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Take a look!

New Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land Now Available


The Lexington Conservation Stewards have created a new Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land, which includes color trail maps along with descriptions and historical information for Lexington’s 25 walk-able conservation areas. Covering nearly 30 miles of trails, it is an essential book for both veteran trail users and new explorers who’d like to discover the forests, fields, and wetlands in Lexington.


The Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land is available, for a minimum donation of $10, at the Town of Lexington Community Development Office located in the Town Offices Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Nature Trust Fund, which helps to care for our 1300 acres of public conservation land.


More information about the Conservation Department

Volunteer Opportunity

Please let us know if you would be interested in working with CLC in any capacity. Could you write a piece for the Newsletter? Lead a walk? Work on the website? Take a leadership role on the Board? Help manage marketing/outreach? Drop us a line if you think you can help - we always welcome new faces!

Articles of Interest

Check out ACROSS Lexington

Are you looking for a new route to walk, run or bike?

ACROSS Lexington is waiting for you - try it!

You can find route information here.

ACROSS Lexington stands for Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington.

What's that critter?

Lexington now has its very own field guide! Lexington Alive is available at the town Community Development Office (in the Town Offices Building, 1625 Mass Ave) for $6.00 cash or check. All proceeds go to the Lexington Nature Trust, which helps to care for Lexington's 1400 acres of conservation land.

Ready to join CLC or renew your membership? You can pay by credit card or use your PayPal account, or even do it the old-fashioned way (by mailing a check) at our membership page.

Thank you!

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