Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary to Welcome Bay Circuit Trail With Celebration Event Saturday, July 15
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon is pleased to announce that the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) will now pass through its Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, which is sure to become a popular feature and place of discovery along the 230-mile greenway linking Plum Island to the north and Kingston Bay to the south.
The wildlife sanctuary and working farm will mark its new status as a waypost on the BCT with a Saturday, July 15 celebration, which will include an official ribbon-cutting and, fittingly, a volunteer stewardship party focusing on a section of a Drumlin Farm trail that will now be shared with the Bay Circuit.
The ribbon-cutting event will begin at 12:30 pm.
Signage and distinctive trail markers will indicate where the Trail passes through the wildlife sanctuary. Drumlin Farm now joins Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon and Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport as conserved greenspaces that are part of the BCT.
The Trail currently arcs through 37 cooperating communities in eastern Massachusetts along hiking, biking, and paddling routes that link the North and Shore Shores, from Newburyport to Kingston.
Its origins date to 1929 when, based on concepts reflected in landscape visionary Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace in Boston, a protected greenbelt through the expanding metropolitan area was proposed. After some initial progress, the ambitious conservation initiative ground to a halt for lack of funds and in the face of explosive development.
The long-dormant project regained momentum in the 1980s, spurred by conservationists, trails advocates, and the state’s environmental agencies. By 1990, the Bay Circuit Alliance had been formed—and the BCT has been moving forward ever since.
Today, the Alliance includes hundreds of volunteers and numerous local, statewide, and regional organizations, including Mass Audubon and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), which serves as the Trail’s administrative and stewardship manager.
Local management of the Bay Circuit Trail is typically the responsibility of the communities that it passes through. In Lincoln’s case, the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust oversees stewardship, although Mass Audubon will continue to care for the section of the trail passing through the sanctuary.
As part of the day’s events, AMC in collaboration with local BCT partners will lead a day-long Bay Circuit volunteer work event starting at 9 am to support the new trail section and local conservation lands. To sign up for the volunteer event, contact AMC/Bay Circuit Trail Volunteer Program Supervisor Beth Gula at [email protected], or visit www.baycircuit.org/events for more information.
“With the Bay Circuit Trail now passing through Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, both sanctuary visitors and BCT ‘through-hikers’ will be able to enjoy enhanced outdoors experiences,” Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton said. “As a conservation organization committed to helping people connect with nature, we appreciate how the Bay Circuit supports that same important goal, and we are particularly happy to partner with the Bay Circuit Alliance and the Appalachian Mountain Club in this valuable work.”
“We are excited to celebrate this significant milestone for the Bay Circuit Trail in partnership with Mass Audubon and the Bay Circuit Alliance,” said John Judge, Appalachian Mountain Club President and CEO. “The sanctuary greatly enhances this section of the trail for the enjoyment of all who pass through by allowing it to be rerouted off-road to a protected conservation area in close proximity to numerous historic landmarks, including Drumlin Farm, the Codman Estate, and the Gropius House.”
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.