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 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.