george-washington-town-forest-eliz-moulds-1HLCT  Annual Meeting will look at Hingham’s Town Forest at 100 and What Lies Ahead.

The Hingham Land Conservation Trust invites you to attend our 2023 Annual Meeting on May 3, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street, in the Whiton Room. The meeting will be recorded by Harbor Media. After a brief business meeting, including the election of our board slate for 2023, our Annual Meeting program will look at Hingham’s Town Forest at 100, and What Lies Ahead. The Hingham Town Forest, also known as the George Washington Forest, celebrates 100 years of town ownership this year. It features open conifer groves, winding eskers and fern-carpeted swales not found elsewhere in Hingham. Unfortunately, a Red Pine Beetle infestation and aging trees pose challenges to the forest’s ongoing vitality.

Gordon Carr, a third-generation Hingham resident who chaired the Hingham Master Plan Committee from 2019-21, will join us to open the program. The Master Plan Committee was charged with creating a plan to help Hingham identify its needs and priorities for the next decade. The final Master Plan Update was adopted by the Hingham planning Board in August, 2021, and several of its recommendations have been adopted or are in the review and implementation process. Professionally, Gordon serves as the Executive Director of the New Bedford Port Authority in New Bedford, Mass. We will also hear from the authors of the Hingham Town Forest Stewardship Plan, forestry experts Phil Benjamin and Tom Farrell. They will address the management of Hingham’s forests and the future challenges they face, including climate change and infestations.

The Hingham Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring, preserving, and maintaining exceptional landscapes and natural areas in Hingham.