FRAMINGHAM – The Sudbury Valley Trustees will honor a five Framingham residents for their significant contribution to the protection of open spaces and wildlife habitats in MetroWest at its annual meeting on September 13.
The Trustees will hold its meeting at the non-profit land trust’s Wolbach Farm headquarters on Wolbach Road in Sudbury. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments begin at 6;30 p.m. with the meeting at 7:15 p.m.
The Trustees elected to award the 2018 Distinguished Public Service Award posthumously to Rep. Chris Walsh of Framingham for his notable leadership on environmental issues at the local and state levels.
During the meeting, Trustees Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard will highlight the organization’s successes during the past year.
The keynote address will be given by David Foster, Director of Harvard Forest, on the Wildlands &Woodlands vision, which outlines a 50-year plan for saving 70 percent of New England as forest.
George and D.D. Harrington, formerly of Framingham, will receive Trustee’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The Harringtons exemplify what it means to be good stewards of the land. In their long tenure as Framingham residents, they owned and cared for over 150 acres of land that ranged from forest to pasture to tree farm. Over time, the Harringtons have ensured that all of this land is permanently protected, primarily through donation of land or conservation restrictions to Sudbury Valley Trustees,” said the Trustees in a media release.
In addition, George volunteered for many years with SVT, including serving on its Board of Directors.
Brett Peruzzi of Framingham will receive the Morgan Volunteer Award.
“Peruzzi serves as a dedicated volunteer with SVT in a number of capacities, including preserve steward at Memorial Forest in Sudbury, stewardship volunteer, and marketing and outreach committee member. In addition to his volunteer work for SVT, Peruzzi serves on the board of directors for both the Framingham Public Library Foundation and the Framingham History Center. He is also one of the founders and leaders of the Nobscot Neighbors association,” aid the Trustees in a media release.
Brothers Trevor and Owen Ludlam of Framingham will receive SVT’s Youth Stewardship Award.
The Ludlams, now both Eagle Scouts from Troop 21, worked individually with Sudbury Valley Trustees to gain their Eagle ranks with their volunteer projects.
Trevor built a new bridge on the Pipeline Pass Trail at SVT’s Baiting Brook-Welch Reservation, and he created a vegetation restoration area along the stream that his bridge passes over.
Owen built a new trail and bridge over a stream for hikers at SVT’s Henry’s Hill Reservation.
Additional awards will be presented to the following area residents: Walter Bickford of Berlin will receive the Lewis Conservation Award for his tireless dedication to the conservation of land and water in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Kimball Simpson of Westborough will receive the Steward of the Land Award for his long time dedication as volunteer preserve steward at Walkup and Robinson Memorial Reservation.
Sudbury Valley Trustees and nearly 3000 members protect and care for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.
The Trustees thank Middlesex Savings Bank, Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms, and Capital Group for generously sponsoring the annual meeting.