Bayberry Willow

Bayberry Willow

June 17, 2022

Salix myricoides Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial  Habit: Tree Native Habitat: Stream and lake shores, gravel bars, subalpine conifer forests, alkaline fens, sea cliffs, dry limestone talus, swamps, tidal meadows, sand dunes Bloom time: April-July Benefits: Specific value to native bees

White Meadowsweet

May 25, 2022

Spiraea alba  Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial Habit: Shrub   Size class: 6-12 ft.  Native Habitat: Swamps, wet meadows, shores  Bloom time: June-September Autumn Foliage  Growing Conditions  Light: Sun, partial shade, shade  Soil: Moisture: Moist, wet  Description: Wet soils  Soil pH: 6.8-7.2  CaCO3 Tolerance: Low Benefits: Conspicuous flowers  Attracts birds, butterflies  Special value to native bees

black chokeberry

Black Chokeberry

May 25, 2022

Aronia melanocarpa Plant Characteristics: Duration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Size class: 6-12 ft Native Habitat (I.e. not planted in a garden): Lowlands, bogs, dunes, bluffs Bloom time: May Growing Conditions  Light: Partial Shade Soil: Moisture: Wet Description: Moist, Acidic (pH<6.8) Condition comments: Very flood tolerant Benefits: Intermediate food source for birds Attracts birds Alternative to invasive…

DNRT Protects Key Parcel at Smith Farm

May 9, 2022

May 20, 2022 – DNRT has preserved a key parcel at the entrance to its Smith Farm Reserve on Smith Neck Road, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. While not apparent to visitors to Smith Farm, this 1.85 acre parcel was privately owned. DNRT had used it for the past 30 years as…

Dartmouth Town Seal

Dartmouth Open Space and Recreation Plan

March 28, 2022

The Town of Dartmouth is issuing an Open Space and Recreation Plan resident survey.  The survey can be accessed here. By answering the following questions, you can help to guide future plans for new and improved open space and recreation projects, properties, and programs in Dartmouth. The data collected here will be used to develop recommendations that…

September - McBratney Reserve - Leah Howard

Dexter Mead to retire from Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, effective this fall

March 1, 2022

The Board of Directors of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) announced that after 18 years of service, Dexter Mead will be retiring from his position as Executive Director in the fall of 2022.  “I am so grateful to have been able to work with such wonderful people, doing something I care deeply about, in…

Dog with Bandana

Please be a Responsible Dog Owner!

February 25, 2022

BY LEAH MCFARLAND There has been an increase in irresponsible dog walking on DNRT trails over the last few months, so I thought I would take the time to remind my fellow dog owners and walkers that they are legally responsible for their dog’s behavior and actions while on DNRT reserves. Dogs must be under…


Ledgewood Reserve

February 11, 2022

Donor : Purchased by DNRT Acreage : 19 acres Location : East of Faunce Corner Road, beyond end of Ledgewood Boulevard Year Acquired :  2020 Description The Macomber property is a 19 acre parcel. All of this Reserve is forested, with nearly 90% being wetlands.

Macomber Reserve

Macomber Reserve

February 11, 2022

Donor : Charles & Lois Macomber Acreage : 5 acres Location : Tucker Road Year Acquired :  2020 Description The Macomber property is a 5 acre parcel comprised of primarily deciduous forest.