2022 Annual Meeting

Ferguson Land

Event Details:

Sunday, November 13, 2022
1:00 pm
Ferguson Land, Willow Guzzle, Anderson Woods, and Thornton Woods
Garfield Road, Concord

Free. Member event. An RSVP is appreciated; click here to reply.

This event will occur rain or shine. Please dress for weather conditions.

The business meeting will be held and refreshments served in Trustee Jeff Wieand’s barn.

Parking is in the field at Ferguson Land. Access is through the driveway at 100 Garfield Road.

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of this past year, review the organization’s financial performance, and elect trustees. We will once again hold themed walks and an RSVP is appreciated, but not required, for planning purposes. By tradition, trustees will provide a tasty assortment of home-baked sweets and savory treats for all to enjoy!

1:00PM Short business meeting.

1:15PM Themed walks: East-Slope Ecological Treats with Richard Forman, What tree is that? Getting to know the trees and forest of Concord with Andrew Joslin, or Nature Mandalas: Art Making for all Ages with Jane Gruba-Chevalier and Lucy Ward

2:45PM Refreshments served.

The business meeting will begin promptly; other times are approximate.  

Thornton Land

Walk Descriptions

East-Slope Ecological Treats
Richard T.T. Forman
Rocks or stones. Cultivation stonewalls. Our only old windmill? Rust-tinted, good-farmer stuff. Pre-forest trees. Hickory woods, black oak woods, sugar maple trying. Bittersweet versus grapes. These are just some of the goodies that Richard will explore with you.

Copies of Richard’s Land Trust publication, “Deciphering Concord’s Old Stone Walls and What They Indicate:  A Field Guide” will be available to all members at no cost. 

What tree is that? Getting to know the trees and forest of Concord
Andrew Joslin
Every tree has a story to tell. On this exploratory walk with Andrew, learn about how to identify trees, study the clues to their age and history, and come away with a greater understanding about the forests of Concord overall.

Nature Mandalas: Art Making for all Ages
Jane Gruba-Chevalier and Lucy Ward
Discover the simple pleasure of creating ephemeral art. Learn about radial symmetry and look for it in nature. Join Jane and Lucy for a leisurely walk across the Ferguson Land and collect found objects to create your own nature mandala. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome!

Richard Forman and students in Florida looking at animal tracks.

Walk Leader Biographies

Richard T. T. Forman, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, received a Haverford College B.S., University of Pennsylvania Ph.D., two honorary doctoral degrees, awards/honors in eight countries, and served as President or Vice-President of three professional societies. He taught at the Escuela Agricola Panamericana, University of Wisconsin, Rutgers University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Harvard College, receiving the Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Forman pioneered several ecological fields with numerous articles and books, including: Landscape Ecology, Land Mosaics, Road Ecology, Mosaico territorial para la region metropolitana de Barcelona, Urban Regions, Urban Ecology, and Towns, Ecology, and the Land. In Concord, he led or helped lead (1992–2004) two town Open Space Plans, Historic Resources Masterplan, Concord’s Mill Brook, and (in 2021) co-authored Ecology along Concord Trails.

Andrew Joslin (Photo by Mario Vaden)

Andrew Joslin is a professional arboreal aeronaut, working arborist, tree climbing specialist, gear innovator and teacher. He specializes in facilitating nature experience in woods and on rope in wild trees. Andrew provides consultation on all phases of technical tree climbing for work or recreational climbing, and assists with research and wildlife projects involving access to trees. He established and runs The Tall Pines Tree School in Carlisle, MA. (tallpinestreeschool.com) He is also an artist and natural history illustrator and photographer.

Weed Warrior Lucy Ward pulling buckthorn in Wright Woods.

Lucy Ward lives in the Conantum neighborhood and is a senior at the Cambridge School of Weston. Last spring, Lucy planned and planted a pollinator meadow on the school’s campus as part of a community service project. Lucy volunteers in the Land Trust’s Beecology and Weed Warrier programs, and her family stewards the Ferguson Land as part of the Trail Stewardship program.

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