SOLF gets grant to launch new programs

by susan on December 17, 2009

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From left to right: Karen Pierce, Director of Development and Membership, New England Wild Flower Society; Frances Clark, Trustee, New England Wild Flower Society; Judy Salerno, Executive Director, Foundation for MetroWest; Sally Watters, Board President, Southborough Open Land Foundation; Pamela Saitta, Board Treasurer, Southborough Open Land Foundation

This week the Foundation for MetroWest handed out $160K in grants to area organizations, a portion of which went to the Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF).

The foundation gave SOLF a $7,000 grant which they’ll use to launch new stewardship and outreach programs. The money will be used to recruit and train land steward volunteers, and to bring children’s programming to the various SOLF properties throughout town. It will also be used to address the concerns of SOLF property abutters.

SOLF owns and maintains 16 properties in Southborough, totaling 126 acres of open space. They were also instrumental in securing the conservation restriction for Chestnut Hill Farm.

Foundation for MetroWest Executive Director Judith Salerno said they are proud to support community organizations like SOLF. “By distributing these much needed funds, we are doing our part to ensure that the MetroWest region remains vital and strong,” she said.

The Foundation for MetroWest has distributed more than $5.5M since its inception in 1995.

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