Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m.
Join Sharon Friends of Conservation for a walk on the Massapoag Trail in observance of Sharon’s 250th Anniversary. We will hike from the Pond Street rotary to Mann's Pond, ~1.8 miles round, easy. Along the way we will learn about five ponds, the "privileges" and Sharon's early water-powered industries, the trail's flora and fauna, and other trail history. Park at the Memorial Beach parking lot on Beach St. For information, please call Kurt at 781-784-4625.

Saturday, May 2, from noon to 4 p.m.
Collection of used (but decent condition) bikes for 8ikes Not Bombs self-help project. Kid and adult bikes with no rust. Donation $10/bike requested. Unitarian Church, Post Office Square, Sharon, parking lot. Info: 781-784-4533 (Rita).

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Sharon Public Library Survey

The Sharon Public Library is requesting your assistance in filling out a 16 question survey about library services now and into the future.  The first question concerns environment impact and LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) certification. In order to write a building program, funded in large part by the Massachusetts Library Construction Program, this will help the library determine how important water conservation, energy efficiency through heating and cooling, lighting and renewable energy is to you.

Sharon Friends of Conservation was founded in 1986. Our mission is to support and work with the Sharon (MA) Conservation Commission “to promote, encourage and foster the preservation, care and maintenance of all public lands, waters and wildlife in the Town of Sharon, Massachusetts in order to further the recreation and enjoyment of the town’s residents.” It is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. SFOC sponsors interesting and informative meetings, holds work parties to maintain trails, and leads hikes to encourage everyone to enjoy the unique beauty of Sharon’s natural environment.

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Featured Sighting: Snapping Turtle

Snapping Turtle by Leslie Koval Snapping Turtle by Leslie Koval
This snapping turtle was photographed just hanging out at the dam at Briggs Pond in September. The turtle was motionless for quite some time allowing the photographer to go home, get her camera and take these photos. (Photos by Leslie Koval)

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Massapoag Trail Restored

Ross's Goose photo by Josh SimonsSince 2003, Sharon Friends of Conservation has been working with the Sharon Conservation Commission to improve one of the Town’s premier assets, the Massapoag Trail. As of this writing, I am pleased to announce that two major projects have been completed. With these, the entire trail from Pond St. to Belcher St. has been restored. There remain to do only a short boardwalk and few additional signs and blazes, which should be in place by mid-spring. Read more about the Massapoag Trail restoration…