News and Events

Find the latest news about our conservation efforts, stewardship activities, and community events here:

Winter Solstice Celebration - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Come celebrate the Winter Soltice on Thursday, December 21st on the knoll of Tufts Branch Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet at 29 Healy Road at 3:30 PM and walk up the maintenance trail (a moderately easy ¼ mile) to the knoll. Watch the sunset, celebrate the beginning of lengthening daylight with friends and a bit of cheer around a warm fire. Drinks and goodies to follow at 29 Healy Road. Bring a friend and a sweet or savory appetizer if you wish.

Board Member Needed: If you are interested in protecting land and preserving the rural character of Dudley, there is an opening on the DCLT Board of Directors. Please call Paul Wieloch, DCLT President to discuss this matter. Phone: 508-949-0250 or email: with “DCLT BOD” in the subject area. Season Greetings.

Meetings: The DCLT will be having its 2016 General Meetings on March 15, June 21, September 20 and December 20. These meetings are open to the public. Hear what’s going on with the DCLT! The meetings are at the Dudley Senior Center within the Dudley Municipal Complex at 71 West Main Street in Dudley. The meeting time is 7:00 pm.

Learn more about our past Events:

May 20 and 21, 2017: DCLT 9th Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days, Marty’s Liquors parking lot located at 119 West Main Street, Dudley, MA. Another can’t miss event for a wonderful selection of herbs, flowers (annuals and perennials), houseplants and heirloom vegetables. Visit the Plant Sale webpage!

April 22, 2017: Earth Day / "Dirt Day" at the Dudley Grange
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at the Dudley Grange, 139 Center Road, Dudley, MA. There will be soil testing for a “quick test” at no charge and information for additional soil testing through UMASS EXT Service. Dr. Stephen Herbert, Professor of Agronomy, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, will talk about the soil in our area and how to maintain healthy soil.

April 12, 2017: “Flight of the Woodcock”
Wednesday, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at 29 Healy Rd, Dudley.
Woodcock's Spring Ritual! Bring a chair for your comfort and be dazzled by the alluring aerial displays of the courting male woodcock. Come and observe the courtship ritual of this unusual bird. Bring binoculars!

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Hike through Slater Woods
Celebrate the winter and nature by joining us on a hike through Slater Woods on Sunday, January 29th at 2 p.m. We will meet at the trailhead on Dudley-Oxford Road in Dudley, and then hike the trails. The event will take place regardless of the weather, so bring your snow shoes if there is deep snow. Depending on the weather conditions, please allow up to 3 hours for the hike. Winter can be a wonderful time to be outdoors. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7 p.m., Senior Center, Dudley Municipal Complex
General/open meeting of the DCLT Board of Directors, short presentation on an update on Agricultural Preservation Restriction by Sandy Peterson. This meeting is open to all DCLT members and the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Winter Solstice will be celebrated on the knoll of Tufts Branch Valley Sanctuary. Dress for the weather. Come and keep warm by the fire as we watch the sunset together. Parking at 29 Healy Rd. (Sandy Peterson & Mark Smith’s home). You can walk from behind their home to the knoll. After all the sky color disappear we will gather in their home to share in whatever treats you are free to bring to make this a festive event.

The Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) Annual Meeting took place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 4:30pm at the Black Tavern, 138 Center Rd, Dudley, MA.
There are 3 openings on the DCLT board. Nominations will be accepted through 5pm on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Please contact Paul Wieloch at 508-949-0250 whether you desire to nominate yourself or another DCLT member for a position on the board. Please join us for a relaxing early evening of appetizers and libation. Along with voting for DCLT board members we will have our treasurer’s report , a summary of 2015-2016 DCLT accomplishments and interaction of ideas with all.

The Inspiration Garden Tour

The First Inspiration Garden Tour in partnership with the Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) and the Dudley Woman’s Club (DWC) was a grand success. It was held on July 23rd, 2016 and included 5 garden jewels in Dudley. These were: The Black Tavern Gardens, A Victorian Garden with Bob Ducharme as garden caretaker, the Hanacek Gardens, A Rustic Chic Garden, garden cared for by Bob & Jeanette Hanacek, European Flair and Elegance, garden caretaker, Krystyna Kondrotowicz, Take 3…..Garden in the Making, garden caretaker, Liza Moran and The Wieloch Gardens, garden caretakers, Visha and Paul Wieloch. 61 hearty folks came to view, ask questions and photograph these lovely places in Dudley.

Here are some photographs taken at all the gardens on the day of the tour.

The Annual DCLT Plant Sale took place May 21 and May 22 at Marty’s parking lot at 119 West Main Street in Dudley. See you next year!

Slater Woods WalkSunday, June 5 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. We hiked in Slater Woods, part of a 250 acre conservation area full of pristine woodlands, cave-like rock outcroppings, verdant wetlands, and unique ecology. In this three-hour hike, we visited Peter Pond, the Dudley/Oxford town marker, and Slater Canyon and learned about the history of this 1,000 acre Heritage Landscape. Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Dudley Conservation Land Trust.

Rescue our Fruit Trees (03-19-16)

Learn more about our past News by visiting our archived newsletters:

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Autumn 2015

Spring 2015

Autumn 2014

Autumn 2013

Spring 2013

Fall/Winter 2012

Dudley Conservation Land Trust
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Dudley, MA 01571
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