Clinton + Bolton, MA
Clinton and Bolton, like so many communities in the Northeast, are already experiencing a host of challenges brought about by climate change. With increased extreme stormwater events and intense summer heat, the towns are looking for ways to adapt. In June 2023 of this year, we completed a two year project to recommend land-based policies and practices to support resilience and regeneration in the coming decades.
Clinton and Bolton contrast sharply in their size, demographics, and landscape character. Bolton is a largely rural community with major acreages of forests and wetlands, while Clinton is a more compact, highly-developed old mill town. These differences informed the two main phases of this project: year one focused on forests and wetlands and year two focused on turf and ornamental landscapes. As part of the relationship building process, two task groups were formed: a Forest Task Group and a Lawns and Landscapes Task Group. Each group contributed to the project’s foundational goals and principles and assessed the lived realities of important sites within each town.
Outcomes of this process included land management guides, model wetland bylaws and regulations, and a framework for ongoing community participation in decisions that affect the integrity of these ecosystems. The resulting materials were produced in collaboration with Linnean Solutions, BSC group, and a variety of stakeholders within the two towns. This project was funded through the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant program, and implements recommendations from the Apple Country Natural Climate Solutions Project.
Full project story, stewardship guides, and bylaw recommendations can be found HERE.