Berry Season?

The leaves have dropped, but many plants and shrubs in our area retain their berries through the fall, some even all winter. These include crabapple, chokecherry, winterberry, wintergreen, cranberry, greenbrier, snowberry, and two of our more common invasive plants from the far east, Japanese barberry and oriental bittersweet. Add to that the ubiquitous sweet pepperbush, whose dry seed clusters resemble tiny berries that last into next spring. See if you can find these little spots of color along our trails. Best bet is near the borders of wetlands.

 

Hopkinton Area Conservation News

HALT Annual Meeting

October 14, 2021

HALT held its 2021 annual meeting of members in the Masonic Lodge in Hopkinton and virtually through Zoom. You can view a video of the presentation or download the slides

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Fruit Street Expansion

September 24, 2021

Throughout the summer, HALT volunteers significantly expanded and improved the trail network at the Fruit Street Conservation Area, with several new bridges. A new map was produced that includes the

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New Cameron Woods Signage

June 24, 2021

The 250-acre Cameron Woods area, which includes the adjacent Phipps Woods and Hopkinton Town Forest, has a reputation as a place to get lost, with its numerous trail intersections.  Now,

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New Bridges at Brook Hollow

May 10, 2021

HALT board members and steward Paul Kelley built four new bridges and boardwalks at Brook Hollow, spanning several areas that are often wet and muddy. Also some of the rocky,

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HALT Helps Invasive Removal at Whitehall Conservation Area

May 4, 2021

Members of HALT worked with Hopkinton’s Open Space Preservation Commission to remove invasives and restore a former meadow at the Whitehall Conservation Area. A number of fine apple and cherry

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New Bridges on Greenwood Trail

April 19, 2021

A record 12 volunteers built four boardwalk sections and set stepping stones to span a 60-foot wet area of the Greenwood Trail at the Sands Conservation area. These are in

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