Ecological Management Plan

In 2019, the Conservation Commission engaged Mass Audubon’s Ecological Extension Services to draft an Ecological Management Plan for the Case Estates in an effort to guide the maintenance and stewardship of this unique property through 2027. 

The Case Estates Ecological Management Plan (PDF) - October 2020

What is Ecological Management?

The Case Estates Ecological Management Plan provides recommendations to guide the maintenance and stewardship of this unique property through 2027. It considers the ecological needs, community desires, and constraints and resources regarding the Case Estates and recommends the following short-term goals:

  • Improve the meadows for pollinator habitat
  • Reduce invasive plant infestations to minimize spreading and improve habitat quality
  • Manage field edges to retain the extents of the fields
  • Maintain stone walls for scenic qualities
  • Protect specimen trees and shrubs, including both historic and recent plantings
  • Welcome passive recreational users to the property, including users of all mobility levels
  • Accomplish the management activities as efficiently and economically as possible

The plan also serves as a reference regarding the history, ecological and cultural features, and other details related to the Case Estates. Implementation of the recommendations is pending funding and future adaptive review.

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