Author Archives: Karen C. Beattie

Let the Field Season Begin……

Spring is the time of year when there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the work day for our Science and Stewardship Department’s full-time staff. There are winter writing projects that need to be wrapped up, early season … Continue reading

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The balance between public access and rare resource protection – here’s how we’re doing it at Head of the Plains

The Foundation has always strived to manage its properties to provide for public access and protect rare ecological resources. These goals can often be at cross purposes, so succeeding at both requires a great deal of strategic planning. Developing property … Continue reading

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MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Funding Approved!

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation recently received the news that we have been awarded a $20,357 grant to undertake a sandplain heathland management project on our Head of the Plains properties in the southwest portion of the island. This funding comes … Continue reading

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Spring Happenings at Squam Farm

By Connie Helstosky, NCF Sheep Grazing Project Technician Greetings from Squam Farm! This past fall I made the decision to not breed the ewes. Therefore, there will be no lambs this year out at Squam Farm. I do look forward … Continue reading

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Less Shrubs and Moor Views

Take a walk in the northwestern portion of our vast Middle Moors property holdings this winter, and you will see that the landscape in this area has been opened up dramatically. This brushcutting management work is being undertaken by Foundation … Continue reading

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Meet Our New Sheep Grazing Project Technician!

We are very pleased to welcome Constance Helstosky to our year-round staff as our new Sheep Grazing Project Technician. Connie joined us in mid-November and has hit the ground running, taking on the many responsibilities associated with the care and … Continue reading

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Fires of Spring

Green is the color that most of us associate with spring and early summer- but in some of the island’s conservation areas, black is the first color of the season. Spring and fall are when many open space managers in … Continue reading

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