May 6th, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Deer Jump Reservation Work Party on Deer Jump Reservation: If you love nature and want to help, come and be part of an AVIS work party pulling invasive plants on a section of the Deer Jump Reservation. You can sample garlic mustard pesto and help us continue to enhance the biological diversity of this special habitat by removing aggressive invasive plants. We’ll bring large work gloves and loppers. It’s a wooded area, so ticks and poison ivy are present — long sleeves and pants are suggested. Our work over the past few years really shows this year—the native plants are starting to win the battle.

We’ll meet by the AVIS sign on Nollett Drive, off of River Road. For more information Amy Janovsky at 978-475-8655.
Apr. 29th, 2017
Former Franciscan Seminary Celebration of New Reservation: All are invited for a fun day by the River. Meet at 461 River Road. The schedule for the day will be as shown below. For more information on this event contact John Hess, (978) 470-0806.

11:00 am - Hike to the River; led by AVIS Land Manager David Dargie.

12:00 noon - Bring your own picnic lunch and a lawn chair - desserts and drinks provided by AVIS, the Conservation Commission, and My Marketing Solutions. Activities for kids will be provided.

1:00 pm - Dedication Ceremony.

Following the ceremony, a second hike to the River; led by AVIS Land Manager David Dargie.
Apr. 5th, 2017
Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover AVIS Annual Dinner and Meeting: Guest Speaker - Rusty Russell, Director of the Merrimack River Watershed Council. Topic: Strangers in a Strange Land—Habitat and Water Conservation at the Dawn of a New Era (Slides... PDF) Mr. Russell recounted the river's major triumphs over the past four decades citing the extensive improvement in water quality (MRWC was founded in 1976, the year Jimmy Carter became president). He also highlighted some of the major threats the river continues to face, some of which are likely to intensify in the coming decades with cuts in financing for programs. He pointed to two important risks the river faces, combined sewer overflow and extensive pollution from storm water runoff. Mr. Russell concluded by saying that the MRWC will begin a water quality testing program once the funding is identified. See photo below.
April and
May 2017
Annual Herring Run Count: Volunteers are needed to count the river herring in the Shawsheen River. See story in the Spring Update for details.
Jun. 3rd, 2017
National Trails Day: For further details and updates check our website or just get out and enjoy the trails on your own.
Jun. 11th, 2017
Shawsheen Greenway Celebration of the Shawsheen Greenway: The full day of events will include opportunities for guided paddling trips on the Shawsheen River and Pomps Pond, as well as guided hiking trips. Two hikes will be led on AVIS land, by AVIS Land Manager, David Dargie on the Vale Reservation and the Shawsheen River Reservation. There will be a morning hike from 10:00 to 12:00 and an afternoon hike from 2:00 to 4:00. Meet at the end of Dale St. at the canoe put-in. After the afternoon hike, all are welcomed to go to Pomps Pond for a get-together around a camp fire.
Sep. 9th, 2017
10am - 4pm
Downtown Andover Andover Day: Main St, Downtown Andover join AVIS and dozens of other vendors at Andover's traditional celebration. AVIS will have a booth on Main Street and welcomes all to stop by for a visit.

Mike Timko, AVIS President; Rusty Russell, Director of the Merrimack River Watershed Council; and AVIS Annual Meeting Organizer, Judianne Livermore


Town Manager Andrew Flanagan speaks to the assembled crowd about the importance of the collaboration between AVIS and the Conservation Commission on the creation of the Meg Batcheller trail through the Sanborn and Lightning Tree Reservations.


Sanborn Reservation Warden Burt Batcheller speaks to a group while hiking on Meg's Trail as part of the dedication ceremonies held on 4/23/16 for the expanded Sanborn Reservation.


Many of the group of over 120 attendees at the Dedication Ceremony gather for lunch and to hear speakers who emphasized the importance of collaborating to protect the waterfront along the Shawsheen River.