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Shipyard Farm Annual Hike Nov. 2015

GUIDED HIKE ON SCONTICUT NECK PROPERTIES HELD BY TRUST

Sunday November 15, 2015; 10:00 am

All are welcome. This hike will be approximately 2 hours of easy walking. It is possible to do half the hike.

These properties (225 acres) contain many diverse ecological areas including tidal flats, salt marsh, upland maritime forest, wooded swamp and open fields.

Meet at the Shipyard Farm sign on the east side (left) of Sconticut Neck Road, five miles south of Huttleston Ave. There is ample parking along the side of the road.

The Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization.  As such, it depends on membership fees to function. For more information about the Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust, contact Cora Peirce at 774-634-7959, or visit our website at www.falpt.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/falpt.

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In Memory of Founder and President John Darwin

In Memoriam

John Darwin

Founder and President

 

As a founding member (1992) and President since May 2007, John was a strong supporter of the land trust and believed in the need to keep some land (as much land as possible!) free from development and open for all to explore the wonders of nature. John was involved in the acquisition of all the properties now owned and conservation restrictions held by the trust. He was always happy to take you (anyone) around and show you the properties. He had much knowledge of the history of the area and took great delight in telling his stories to those who wanted to listen. He was also kind and smart and strong. He will be greatly missed.

Obituary

John Carl Darwin died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. He was 77. John was predeceased by his wife, M. Teresa (Moriarty), parents Hans and Irma (Walmsley) Darwin, and brother-in-law James J. Moriarty.

Born on November 12, 1937, at St. Luke’s, John was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, the University of Vermont, and studied at The Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate school of business management.

John, who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Among his commendations was the Combat V, awarded for valor in direct participation in combat operations while he was harbormaster for the port of Da Nang. John served on USS Charles Berry and USS Furse and held command of USS Albert T. Harris and USS J. Douglas Blackwood. As an associate professor of naval science at the University of Pennsylvania, John taught celestial navigation and naval operations.

A noted expert on ropes both nautical and technical, John was coauthor (with Barbara Merry) of The Splicing Handbook, currently in its third edition. He was long a figure on New Bedford’s waterfront, working in several shore businesses, including New Bedford Textile and IMP and Euro fishing gear supply stores.

John was a founder and president of The Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust. He was president of The Shaws Cove Improvement Association and of the Wamsutta Club Men’s Luncheon Club. John served many years as an elected member of Town Meeting in Fairhaven and on the town’s Finance Committee and Conservation Commission. He was a member of the Fin, Fur, and Feather Club in Mattapoisett.

John leaves his children, Barbara Burr and husband Toby of Marion, Wendy Wakeman and husband Brad of North Andover, Josh and wife Ricki Darwin of Needham, and Susan Darwin and fiance John Loddo of Irvington, NY. He was the proud grandfather of Tucker and Alaska Burr, Millicent Wakeman, Elsa and Trygve Ordahl, and John (Jack) and George Darwin. He leaves nephews John and Michael Carroll, sister-in-law Barbara Carroll, a number of cousins, and a trusted friend, Frank DeNauw.

John also leaves his treasured companion, Cora Peirce of New Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory can be made to the Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust, PO Box 491, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

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Annual Meeting 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Millicent Library In the Auditorium
Use Walnut Street Entrance

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Shipyard Farm Hike 2014

Shipyard Farm sign at entrance through the fields

Shipyard Farm Hike Nov 16 2014GPS tracking of trail with mapping on Topofusion

The guided hike of the trails through Shipyard Farm and Winsegansett Marsh on November 16, 2014, was a huge success with 25 attendees plus 4 children and 4 dogs.  Under overcast skies, temperatures warmed to 44⁰ and trail conditions were dry.

The corn fields were harvested sometime in October, so the first leg of the trail through the fields was the most difficult. The freshly tilled soil was soft and it felt kind of like walking on a sandy beach. As the hike started into the forest, the trail became blanketed with leaves.

Trail through Shipyard Farm fields.

 

Looking out toward Jack’s Cove area of Nasketucket Bay at marsh on the eastern coast of Shipyard Farm, Ken Lipman stopped to speak about the upland forest visible behind him to the right.

 

Sign at entrance to forest on northeast side of farm fields.

 

Old rock walls are visible throughout the property, sometimes very well hidden under the thicket that has overgrown the area.

Into the forest with trail blanketed with leaves.

Even among all the brown of the fallen leaves and the deciduous trees, this berry bush (not sure what it is!!) is a welcome sight.

 

 Trail markers are in trees along this portion. Double diamond marker indicates a turn in the trail.

 

Trail on east side of Sconticut Neck Road comes out at Sconticut Neck Rd. at a point north of the hike starting point. There is a short distance to walk on the road to enter the path on the west side, which winds through Winsegansett Marsh to the coast on the west side toward New Bedford Harbor.

 

The plank walkways through the Winsegansett Marsh help you get through the wet portion of the trail. This picture is from 2012, and there was not nearly as much water on this portion for the 2014 hike.

This wind sock on the beach has been whipped and stripped bare. Two years ago it was still whole.

 

The crowd in the distant left is at the end of the trail, which culminates at Winsegansett Pond.

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Annual Hike

FAIRHAVEN ACUSHNET LAND PRESERVATION TRUST TO HOST GUIDED HIKE ON SCONTICUT NECK PROPERTIES HELD BY TRUST

Sunday November 16, 2014; RAIN DATE Sunday November 23, 2014

10:00 am

All are welcome. This hike will be approximately 2 hours of easy walking. It is possible to do half the hike.

These properties (225 acres) contain many diverse ecological areas including tidal flats, salt marsh, upland maritime forest, wooded swamp and open fields.

Meet at the Shipyard Farm sign on the east side (left) of Sconticut Neck Road, five miles south of Huttleston Ave. There is ample parking along the side of the road.

The Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization.  As such, it depends on membership fees to function. For more information about the Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust, contact John Darwin at (508) 667-1040

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2014 Annual Member Meeting

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2013 Annual Meeting

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Guided Hike on Sconticut Neck Nov. 17, 2012

Come and get to know some of the properties that are preserved and available for public hiking.

The Fairhaven Acushnet Land Preservation Trust will hold a guided hike of the SHIPYARD FARM and WINSEGANSETT HEIGHTS/MARSHES PROPERTIES on Saturday November 17, 2012.  This hike will be approximately 2 hours of easy walking starting at 12:30, led by Ken Lipman. Ken was very instrumental in setting up the trails throughout this area, and maintains the various footbridges needed to traverse some of the swampy areas.

The Winsegansett Heights, Winsegansett Marshes, and Shipyard Farm properties comprise over 225 acres of protected Trust Lands that contain many diverse ecological areas including tidal flats, salt marsh, upland maritime forest, wooded swamp and open fields, not to mention a relic from the old quahog plant.

Meet at the Shipyard Farm sign on the east side (left) of Sconticut Neck Road, five miles south of Huttleston Ave. There is ample parking along the side of the road.

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