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May 13, 2013

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March 10, 2012

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust quietly but steadily adds to the quality of life in Lowell. You may drive past a lovely park with beautiful flower gardens and enjoy the touch of country in the cit... more

May 13, 2013

Whether it's a beautiful row of street trees, or happy, engaged youth learning about nature and conservation, or a lovingly conserved 18th-century house overlooking the Pawtucket Falls, the evidence of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust's work is all around Lowell, enhancing the quality of life in the city. This year's eco-film series, one of many partnerships that help the LP&CT reach out to new audiences, has helped us expand our vision and shown us how connected we all are!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 10, 2012

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust quietly but steadily adds to the quality of life in Lowell. You may drive past a lovely park with beautiful flower gardens and enjoy the touch of country in the city but not know that little oasis exists thanks to LP&CT. You can join a bird watching expedition, a riverway walk, or a whitewater rafting adventure, all courtesy of LP&CT. That stretch of woods or patch of field that remains untouched and serves as a habitat for animals might also be part of LP&CT's legacy to the city. Certainly thousands of Lowell's trees shade us thanks to LP&CT. The Trust is all around us in Lowell, though we might not know it. What we do know is that these special places and activities bring us satisfaction, and that's a very good thing.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 10, 2011

I can't think of an organization that offers all the opportunities that LP&CT offers to make a difference in a community. Want to help preserve a colonial-period house or give landscape design suggestions for its backyard stretching to the Merrimack River? Interested in restoring migratory fish populations? Is whitewater rafting your thing? Lock tending at a historic lock chamber? Interested in examining vernal pools? Like planting bulbs in a community garden? Or how about helping with riverside clean-ups and greenway planning? At project's end, you can feel good about having contributed to a healthy environment or a beautiful place. LP&CT is all about improving the quality of life for Lowell and its entire region.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, especially through the establishment of signage at two ends of the Concord River Greenway, the greenway itself, ed. programming along the CRG . . . My review alludes to the many ways in which I've participated. My city is a more beautiful (and GREEN) place thanks to LP&CT.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

maybe have more paid staff to expand and sustain the good work

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

As a teacher/naturalist at Drumlin Farm, I have been working with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust (LPCT) for over five years. Together with the Stewardship through Leadership program (STL),we have been doing programs with Lowell schools, Spindle City Core and other community organizations. Our joint programs have involved activities like urban ecology. The students at both the Robinson Middle School and Daley Middle School have planted trees made available by LPCT.
Another nexample of the STL program: Last summer STL worked with the Spindle City Core. These high school and college youth removed invasives and trash, created a new trail (Cardinal Flower Trail) and an interpretive guideguide for the Concord River Greenway (CRG).
LPCT was very involved in the the creation of the CRG a beautiful open space along the Concord River.
I could add many other examples.
I wish every community had a Land Conservation Trust like the LPCT

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways in the schools and community

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more funding

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

LP&CT is an amazing organization. We found out about the organization (where we met Jane!) during a new-residence orientation the city put together when we moved here over 5 years ago - and have since volunteered both in-kind and within the annual fund. We liked everything the organization stood for; including helping build walkways along the water front, planting more trees in urban neighborhoods, and cleaning up parks and other open spaces. After doing many volunteer activities, we quickly realized that one of the main reasons we love the organization is because it truly causes notifiable change and improvements year after year that everyone around, including ourselves, can enjoy and make use of. We have been land stewards for a couple properties, taken part in various land/park /cleanups, helped renovate and clean one of the cities oldest homes with rich history (the spalding house), took part in group hikes and helped clear some hidden trails along the Merrimack river, and taken nature tours with LP&CT and other volunteers on Kayaks on the Concord river. We have seen for our own eyes that new beautiful walking paths have been created (along the Concord River), public artwork designed and now outside for all to enjoy, teaching and showing the public how to tap maple syrup (I learned myself!), raising public awareness about the asian long-horn beetle and the many benefits of protecting and adding trees to urban areas, constructing a new park along the banks of the Merrimack River, and helping renovate the Spalding house. I'm very selective of organizations I belong to, and this one is a no brainer because of the results delivered and the passion they have to really make the area a better place.

LP&CT also coordinates with other local non-profits to create synergies and link walkways. This organization also collaborates with similar land trusts in different cities/states to help improve other parts of the country as well. As long I keep seeing tangible improvements, I know my time and money is well spent.

I'm also a huge fan of water in general - and this organization really protects, cleans, and works hard to make the beautiful waterways truly accessible via new walk-ways and cleanups. I am very thankful we have an organization like LP&CT in our city, truly looking after making the city greener, and improvement the quality of life of its resistants - of which I am one of many!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my improved quality of life in the city. I live in walking distance to downtown Lowell and often visit and walk through the Concord River Greenway. What was once exclusively an ugly parking lot, is now a beautiful path that all residents in the city can enjoy and take in breathtaking views of the Concord river which in the past has been a very hidden gem. I also frequently use the Concord and Merrimack rivers for water recreation, and so the frequent cleanups LP&CT has done has really helped.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it even bigger so that the many different visions the organization has can be completed even sooner.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Met many new people, explored and cleaned open spaces/parks in the city I never knew existed, learned how to (and did!) tap my own maple syrup, learned many things about the asian long horn beetle

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very good and self satisfying. Having a common purpose of Improving the environment by cleaning it up, helping create new public walk-ways along the water, protecting trees, and educating the public about all the benefits really brings a large sense of accomplishment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust is a professionally run organization doing great work in conservation and environmental education in the city of Lowell. Their work is literally transforming this amazing city through increased greenspace and sharing these natural resources with the residents of Lowell.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The positive change in the community as a result of land protected, the Concord River Greenway, and the positive impact on Lowell's youth as they learn about and protect Lowell's natural resources.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that they have resources for years to come so that that they can increase their positive impact in Lowell. It would be great if LP&CT had a full-time educator who could plan and teach more programs for the youth and families in Lowell.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust is an amazing organization because it succeeds in turning bold creative ideas into real accomplishments that benefit everyone who lives in or visits the City of Lowell. Here are just a few of its accomplishments that I've been privileged to enjoy personally over the years: It's development of the Concord River Greenway, which I can walk to in minutes; its commitment to regular cleanups along the Concord River and other green spaces in the city; its beautification work at parks in all city neighborhoods including Rogers Fort Hill Park where I volunteer; its "2000 Trees for 2000" campaign that planted well over 2000 trees throughout the city by the year 2000... and the Trust continues to plant trees; its outdoor environmental education programs for school children, adults, and families (I've enjoyed its White Water Rafting, Winter Tracking, Bird Watching, and Maple Sugaring events); its protection and preservation of land for much needed pocket parks in Lowell including Jollene Dubner Park near my neighborhood. The Trust has built extensive community partnerships and friendships over the years with all of Lowell's neighborhoods groups, numerous civic and non-profit organizations, schools, and City Government. It's this passion and commitment to community and wanting to make Lowell the best place to live that makes the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust my favorite non-profit in this city!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... at Rogers Fort Hill Park where I volunteer. The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust has been our greatest supporter over the years in our work to restore and improve the park. Specifically, the Trust has planted more than 30 trees at the park and organized an Arbor Day even; led educational programs at the park including an annual Maple Sugaring Workshop; and marshaled many volunteers over the years to help us with seasonal cleanups and beautification projects.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...make it even bigger and give it more money! It's amazing how much its small staff accomplishes year in and year out.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

We are working with home owners who have completed our training program and purchased a home with down payment assistance. We are encouraging these new home owners to "Plant - a - Tree" to celebrate home ownership. This collaboration with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust is a wonderful way for two organizations to partner in an effort to make Lowell a greener community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been a fan for a long time. I enjoy their summer events, tours, park dedications, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clone Jane.

March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011

LPCT does amazing work in the City of Lowell and the greater Lowell area. what other organization sponsors wildlife tracking in the snow, maple sugaring, white water rafting, tours of canals and a historic inn along a river trading route, creates walkways along scenic and wild rivers and does land preservation?? Participating as a member is easy as the LPCT offers something for nearly everyone who cares about the outdoors, preservation, the City, and the quality of life in the whole area. I am proud of the work and excited about the opportunities!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting outdoors mid winter, meeting others from the area with a shared interest and using the space the Trust has built or preserved -- particularly the Concord River Greenway.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out how to get even more folks engaged in its work.

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

I have been a Volunteer with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust (The Trust or LPCT) for at least 10 years. Their mission to protect green spaces in an urban environment has opened my eyes to all that Lowell has to offer. Lowell isn't just a city. It is a city that has many small parks and open spaces which the Trust helps maintain with Land Stewards. There are also two rivers that flow through Lowell, the Merrimack and the Concord, which provide habitats for many species of fish, birds, and other wildlife. The Concord River is especially important to the Trust in that the Concord River Greenway is the major project being worked on right now. A multi-use trail along the Concord River will be used by many people within the city. And to help promote and support the Greenway, LPCT, along with Zoar Outdoor, run Whitewater Rafting trips down the Concord River. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the country where you can raft Class III and Class IV rapids through city limits then be lifted up in a lock system built in the 1850 into one of the many canals that run through Lowell. Come try it some time. Running the locks is one of the many volunteer jobs I have participated in with The Trust. Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust has a very dedicated and loyal volunteer group. Like a bag of potato chips where you just can’t eat one, once you volunteer for the LPCT you keep coming back for more.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a Lock Tender, Spalding House clean-up and park planning, park cleanups, manning an information booth at the Lowell Folk Festival and River Fest, alewife monitoring on the Concord River, and many other wonderful opportunities that have presented themselves for volunteering.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not Change a thing.

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

The LPCT was founded in 1990 to preserve open space in the City of Lowell and to create an endowment for city parks recognizing shrinking municipal resources for City's parks. With both the Merrimack and Concord Rivers running through this historic city, there is surpising amount of wetland resources, brooks and streams that needed protection and the LPCT does it. They have built a network of volunteers that are planitng trees, educating children, purchasing land and reaching out in collaborative effort with boh the City of Lowell, other non profits and businesses to create a lasting impact on the City of Lowell and the region.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been intimtately involved in the stewardship missions and fund raising efforts of the Trust

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Challenge the traditional grant based funding approach that all non profits must rely upon and create alternative revenue streams through services, product development and consulting services

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

The LPCT has grown exponentially over the last twenty years.Besides planting trees, and aquiring open space, 4 parks are now endowed.One of the oldest historical houses is being restored,and endowed.Large walkway projects are being driven by the Trust.After school programs for enviromental education is offered.We have grown our memership and have many voluteers.It is exciting to develope green ways in an old dense city.Check us out.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

green space acquisition

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue on the same path

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