The mission of the Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) is to provide for and promote the conservation, acquisition and protection of land and open space for education, wildlife habitat, and the preservation of the rural, natural and scenic character of Dudley and surrounding communities for current and future generations.
The DCLT owns almost 350 acres of conservation land in Dudley and Oxford. The majority of these lands are open to the public. With ownership comes responsibility. Every property has a dedicated land steward who improves and maintains trails, checks boundary lines and protects its conservation values. Please give thanks to the stewards for their work, and remember to respect the property on your walks.
The DCLT is also about having fun and enjoying the fellowship of people! Our most popular community outreach event is our annual Plant Sale. Here folks have the opportunity to purchase vegetables, seedlings, flowers and perennials and support the DCLT at the same time.
We have periodic public meetings during the year to inform and educate interested citizens as to our current projects and future goals and to answer any questions and hear ideas and suggestions.
Our upcoming public meetings are: March 17th (cancelled) , June 16th and December 15, 2020. The meetings are at 6 p.m. in the Dudley Municipal Center, 71 West Main Street, Dudley MA,.
DCLT also offers: Nature walks on our sanctuaries as well as other conservation lands in the area, Educational Programs, a Bi-annual newsletter mailed free to members, and an annual scholarship to a graduating high school student interested in a career in agriculture, wildlife management and conservation. See download below for information on the scholarship.
Also, if you are a landowner in the Dudley area and are interested in discussing conservation options for your land, please contact us at DCLTrust@aol.com - see download below for land acquisition guidelines.