Conservation Coffees Enhance Town Dialogue

Come Tuesday morning for the "best meetings in town."


For 20 years people interested in all things Concord have met on the first Tuesday of each month at the Conservation Coffees. They are, one regular attendee said, “The best meetings in town.”

The coffees were started by Concord’s first Natural Resources Director Dan Monahan and have continued with current director Delia Kaye. They are held at the Department of Planning and Land Management, 141 Keyes Rd. 7:30-9 a.m., September through May. The coffees are open to all and are well attended. People have the opportunity to bring up and express opinions on developments in town or just listen.

Representatives from local, state, and federal government; local and regional land protection organizations; and residents gather to speak about diverse issues of current concern. Representatives have come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Parks Service, the Concord Land Conservation Trust, Hanscom Field, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Organization for the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, the Concord Garden Club, current and former selectmen, various town committees such as the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Trails Committee, Heywood Meadow Stewardship Committee, West Concord Task Force and town staff. At recent meetings topics have included wild turkeys; land bridges over highways; the current moth infestation and how to protect trees; bird and reptile sightings; trail plans, improvements on problems; recycling; National Park improvements; drainage problems at Crosby’s parking lot; streetlights; upcoming lecture and nature walks; deer; mice; acorns; ticks; electrical power and telephone lines; conservation restrictions; and the wetlands bylaw.

Discussion is polite, civil, humorous, interesting and rewarding.

If you would attend just show up. To get on the email list, which is used only for reminders or cancellations, contact Cindy Gray cgray@concord.ma.gov. Or call (978)318-3285.

I hear the coffees are addicting, so watch out.


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