Earth Day 2020

Staying Safe

Due to COVID-19, Upton's Earth Day Cleanup for 2020 is CANCELLED. Hopefully the event will return in April of 2021. The earth needs our help more than ever!

Thank You!  Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor - Bonnie Combs and Town of Upton Volunteers that make this event happen! Thank you to the Town Manager, Department of Public Works & Upton Police Department also town businesses that support this event.

At this time public health authorities advise curtailing activities outside of the home. Please stay safe and healthy. Enjoy Upton’s open spaces but practice social distancing on trails and parking areas and while boating and fishing. Wearing a mask while oudoors to protect others is now recommended by many experts. DO NOT Pick up trash off the street until the PRECAUTIONS OF COVID-19 HAVE BEEN LIFTED (the virus can survive for a time on surfaces). The trash will be there and we will all pick it up when safe to do so! And of course, don’t litter!

The Coivd pandemic is an evolving situation. Always observe the latest guidance from state and local officials.

APRIL 22, 2020 "50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY" UNITED STATES

For more information about Earth Day and digital alternatives to public events see these websites. This information is provided as a public service. The Commission and Upton Earth Day sponsors have not reviewed, and do not necessarily endorse, all the content.

Earth Day History

https://www.earthday.org/history/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIppCJsOTZ6AIVEr7ACh1FRwGXEAAYASAAEgJJ5_D_BwE

https://www.epa.gov/history/epa-history-earth-day

https://www.livescience.com/50556-earth-day-facts-history.html

https://time.com/5570269/earth-day-origins

Digital Earth Day Resources and Events

https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/

https://www.nisenet.org/earth50

https://earthrise2020.org/?source=ads_earthday-nat&utm_medium=om&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=g-lb-earthday2020-search&utm_content=g-lb-earthday2020-search_earthday-nat_earthdayc2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI76m69efZ6AIVRL7ACh0swQouEAAYASAAEgKcF_D_BwE

https://inhabitat.com/earth-day-2020-goes-digital/

https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

Upton’s Open Space Areas

Looking to avoid the crowds at Upton State Forest? Check out Town of Upton conservation areas! See link for a list of properies and links to trail maps.

https://www.uptonma.gov/land-stewardship-committee/pages/upton-conservation-land-and-trail-maps

We’ve heard reports that trails at Peppercorn Hill are very popular. To reduce encounters with other people, consider exploring lesser known areas such as the Warren Brook Watershed Conservation Area, the Whitney Conservation Area,  and Stefans Farm.

Many trails are narrow. Be considerate of others. Step off trails by at least 6 ft. to let others pass. Keep your pets leashed.   

If you find a conservation area crowded when you arrive, consider visiting another area or returning at a less busy time.

Trail runners who breathe heavily may want to avoid trails and space themselves more widely from others.  https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/you-can-still-run-outside-during-coronavirus-pandemic-here-s-n1179356

Please stay home if ill, exposed to anyone with COVID-19, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.

Note: It is spring and some trails are muddy so wear waterproof footwear. Always check for ticks. Carry a mobile phone for safety and to view trail maps.

The DCR has developed these guidelines for state parks:

  • Minimize outdoor recreational time to limit potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people.
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals.
  • Administer healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Participate in only non-contact recreational activities.
  • Leave a park or area should large gatherings begin to build.
  • Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.

For latest information on State Parks, Forests, and Beaches visit the State's website here. 

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-state-parks-covid-19-update?fbclid=IwAR3eggS7i3yWMS06bqmXOC1iXXjCHycrSexB8Y2DjP5kxJihBrXyQ3zVw1I

Stay Connected

Upton Conservation Commisson Facebook Page 

https://www.facebook.com/Upton-Conservation-Commission-1021986734652910/

Sustainable Upton

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1669539636635991/

We welcome your questions or comments by phone at 508-529-6286) or email  at [email protected].