Southboro Open Land Foundation

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Bigelow Wildlife Refuge Update: Knotweed Control

Published on April 23, 2022 by Eileen Samberg

Although best known for the rustic landscapes and hiking trails of our Beals Preserve, did you know SOLF also maintains about 20 properties and community spaces in town? SOLF trustee Lawrence Spezzano and volunteers having been working to remove invasives and beautify our newest property trail at our Bigelow Wildlife Refuge near the end of Bigelow Road in Southborough. If interested in helping, please contact SOLF at When you come to work, bring gloves, firm rake or pruners, if you have them!

Lawrence has been laying down a wire mesh to slow the growth of knotweed. As the stems continue to grow, they will expand in diameter. At a certain point, the stems will push against the steel mesh and girdle themselves. The surface growth (stems and leaves) of the plant wilts and will eventually die, but the rhizome will continue to push new stems up through the ground (and wire mesh). This will continually kill the stems and will lead to the depletion of rhizome carbohydrate stores, which are required by the stems for growth.

Stewardship & STC “Scoop the Poop” Education Campaign

Published on March 28, 2022 by Eileen Samberg

SOLF supports the Stewardship and Trails Committees’ Scoop the Poop campaign to protect our conservation lands, our trails, our wildlife habitat, our water, and to keep Southborough clean and beautiful. Over the coming weeks they will be posting information to promote awareness about the importance of picking up dog waste and where dog walking is not permitted. Please watch the link below to learn about the best practices for managing dog waste and the danger of improper disposal: This initiative is funded by a 2021 Choate Fund Grant. #Soboscoopsthepoop

Bigelow Wildlife Refuge

Published on January 7, 2022 by Eileen Samberg

Bigelow Wildlife Refuge, on Bigelow Road, features a beautiful wetland swamp and woodland that can be explored along a 300-foot gravel path to a viewing platform.

Link to the Bigelow Wildlife Refuge page.

Templeman-Watkins Loop Trail

Published on December 22, 2021 by Eileen Samberg

Link to the Templeman Woods page and Templeman-Watkins Loop Trail.

The joint Templeman Woods and Watkins Woods Conservation Land properties comprise 18 contiguous acres of wetlands and uplands. The Templeman-Watkins Loop Trail can be accessed from Cordaville Road (Rte 85). Features include wooden boardwalks constructed by several Eagle Scout candidates, vernal pools, glacial rock formations, old stone walls, and the Martha Templeman dedication plaque. There is limited parking near the trail entrance for two or three cars along Rte. 85, close to the Mass Pike overpass.