Natural Resources Trust of Mansfield

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  • to acquire and preserve natural resources for use and enjoyment by present and future generations
  • to preserve and protect wildlife areas and historic sites
  • to educate the public about the wise use of our natural resources
  • and to work with other organizations having similar goals and objectives.

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46th NRT Annual Meeting

Thu, April 27th, 7:00 PM
Mansfield Historical Society
Jenny Copeland House
53 Rumford Avenue
The public is invited.
Refreshments will be served.

Established in 1971 to Preserve Mansfield's
Natural Resources for Future Generations

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Russ Cohen to speak at NRT Annual Meeting

Until his retirement in June of 2015, Russ Cohen served for over two decades as the Rivers Advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, where one of his areas of expertise was in riparian vegetation.  Since his retirement, Russ now has more time to devote to his passionate avocation: connecting to nature via his taste buds, and assisting others in doing the same. He is an expert forager and author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten

, published in 2004 by the Essex County Greenbelt Association, and now in its sixth printing. Mr. Cohen has been teaching foraging since 1974 and leads foraging walks each year at a wide variety of venues throughout the Northeast.  In addition,  Russ is  endeavoring to become a “Johnny Appleseed” of sorts for native edible species, propagating plants from seed he has collected, as well as establishing partnerships with land trusts, municipalities, state and federal agencies, schools and colleges, and other landowners and land managers to plant edible native species from his native edible plant nursery on appropriate places on their property.

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers and others to utilize more native species in their landscaping, thanks to recent books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects.  Yet, for some people, this alone may insufficient motivation to “go native”.  Edible wild plants offer opportunities for people to connect to nature via their taste buds, thereby building their enthusiasm and public support for conserving lands that offer foraging opportunities. Adding native edible plants to a landscape can boost biodiversity as well as “spice it up” (literally as well as figuratively – we can have our acorn cake and eat it too). Juneberries (Amelanchier spp.), for example, are equally edible by animals (songbirds, e.g.) and people alike.  The taste of the ripe fruit is like a cross between cherries and almonds (they’re all related species in the Rose family).  Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 30-minute slide show featuring at least one dozen species of native edible wild plants, and how your land trust, town, or conservation organization can enhance your land holdings with native edible plants. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation method(s), along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.  Russ will supply helpful handouts as well as bring along samples of foraged goodies made from edible native species for people to taste. 

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