The Dover Land Conservation Trust has announced that the 5th annual Springdale Field Festival has been cancelled due to the EEE virus outbreak.
On Saturday, September 28, the Dover Land Conservation Trust (DLCT) would have celebrated its 5th annual Springdale Field Festival, paying tribute to 55 years of land conservation efforts in Dover. Unfortunately, out of an abundance of caution, the Trust has decided to sit this year out and return again next fall.
Founded in 1965, DLCT is an independent non-profit organization funded solely by private donors with a longstanding, dedicated focus on preserving and protecting the natural rural character of Dover.
“Protected open space is at the heart of what makes Dover special,” said DLCT President Tom French. “The Land Trust currently protects over 600 of the most precious acres in Dover including the beautiful open meadows at Springdale Field. And we are always working to actively increase this number, most recently preserving a 36 acre parcel on Strawberry Hill comprised of pastoral meadows and wooded glens called the Blake Property.”
The DLCT works quietly and both independently or in partnership with other land conservation groups like The Trustees of Reservations to develop long-term land conservation solutions inside Dover. Dover is fortunate to have such a rich history and tradition around land stewardship, with now close to a third of the town's private acreage in some form of conservation restriction, dating back nearly a century with the Peabody Family and the 600 acre Noanet Woodlands conservation effort.
Other hallmark DLCT properties include Pegan Hill/Lewis Hill, with its rolling fields and breathtaking views to Mount Wachusett and Mount Monadnock as well as large tracts of land on Snows Hill accessible via Pine Street.