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2022 INaugural event





Since the end of extensive sheep farming a century ago, the Cuttyhunk Island landscape has gradually lost its clipped appearance. Allie will describe the increasingly unmanageable variety of tangled shrubs and vines and discuss best planting practices for the future.

Learn whether any “invasives” are welcome; whether meadows are an option to mowing; and what happened to all the blackberries that we remember picking years ago? Share your experiences and bring questions: help us continue a community discussion about ways to remove and add plants for the future, including a turn to native species.

Following the event we'll post useful resources on the topic.

Special thanks to the Cuttyhunk Historical Society - Museum of the Elizabeth Islands for generous help with printing.

Allison "Allie" Thurston
Biographical Notes


Allie is a life-long collector and observer of natural history. She has led nature walks on Cuttyhunk for many years and workshops farther afield for groups including the Nature Conservancy and Audubon.
A longtime activist in environmental issues, she played a key role in the acquisition of the largest contiguous open space parcel in Fairfield County, Connecticut.


A much appreciated multi-tasking volunteer for the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, Allie has curated several exhibits for the Museum including “The Nature that Connects Us: the Natural History of the Elizabeth Islands.”

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