WLT celebrating anniversary with summer hikes

A recent walk on property protected by Westwood Land Trust. Photo by Kristin Styer

Westwood Land Trust (WLT) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Since its incorporation in July 1999, WLT has permanently preserved over 220 acres in Westwood. To mark the occasion, WLT Board members will be leading hikes through several Westwood properties, most of them protected by WLT. All ages are welcome. Dogs are only allowed on the Lowell Woods hike. Any date changes due to weather will be posted on WLT’s Facebook page. Residents who hike 20 miles in Westwood before the end of the year will receive “20 in 2019” tee-shirts.

Monday, July 22 at Lowell Woods
Meet at 6 p.m. in lot at end of Sandy Valley Road for four-mile hike

This Town-owned property is one of the most popular places for public hiking in Westwood. While Lowell Woods is not protected by WLT, the community effort to raise public and private funds to purchase this parcel helped inspire WLT’s formation.

Saturday, August 17 at Sen Ki/Perry
Meet at 10 a.m. in Sen Ki lot, 1255 High Street, for four-mile hike

The 30-acre Sen Ki property includes public hiking trails that provide scenic views from one of the higher elevations in Westwood. The hike will continue through to the adjacent 33-acre Perry property that is also protected by a conservation restriction. The Perry family has generously granted permission for WLT to lead a public hike on this date. Please note that dogs are not permitted on Sen Ki property.

Sunday, September 15 at 795 Clapboardtree Street
Meet at 1 p.m. in Universal Technical Institute lot, 1 Upland Road, Norwood for two-mile hike

This almost 23-acre property of mature woods was always identified as important to open space. The hike starts here and will continue to the adjacent property to the beautiful Clapboardtree Meadow at 665 Clapboardtree, also protected by WLT.

Westwood Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving land and habitat in Westwood. WLT is grateful for the many generous supporters who have donated conservation restrictions and/or funds to help make these preservation efforts possible. To learn more about WLT, visit www.westwoodlandtrust.org.

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