Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 16, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tour of Sharon’s water resources (by car), including wells, water tanks, Cedar Swamp recharge area, and local stream gauges. Park at Shaw's Plaza (near the street) to carpool. Info: 781-784-2986 (Paul).

Monday, January 19 (Martin Luther King Day), at 1 p.m.
Winter Walk, followed by hot cider and bagels. Walk along Mountain Street to Borderland State Park's Tisdale site, then back along the Granite Hills Trail upper loop, Friends Trail, and Morse loop (alternatively, walk back on Mountain St.). Park at 282 or 284 Mountain St., Sharon. Info: 781-784-4533 (Rita).

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Climate Change Resolution Adopted at Town Meeting

Climate Change Resolution On May 5 Sharon Town Meeting passed a resolution encouraging town officials to promote measures that conserve vital water and energy resources, and minimize carbon emissions in Sharon. SFOC Board Member Paul Lauenstein sponsored the resolution and presented a slideshow in favor of it that evening. Among other things, it encourages "actions at every level of society" including water- and energy-efficient homes and buildings and a push for renewable energy sources.

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: Bobcat

Bobcat by Suzy Levenson Bobcat by Marla Lonergan
A bobcat has been sighted wandering around the woods and backyards of the eastern side of Sharon in May and June. Bobcats are common in central and western Massachusetts but less prevalent in the eastern part of the state. According to state wildlife officials, bobcats usually go after wild prey not domestic animals. (Photos by Suzy Levenson and Marla Lonergan)

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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…