Tetreau said participants will form a “group hug,” holding hands around the trees. Attendees are encouraged to take photos of themselves hugging the trees. There will also be a picnic and apple cider will be served.
The group hopes the rally will get the attention of Michael Kettenbach of Pillsbury Realty Development. Kettenbach wants to bring thousands of homes, retail spaces, offices and medical facilities to the 639-acre parcel.
Kettenbach has pledged to conserve 40 percent of that property, but SWAT hopes they will take special consideration to land along Gilcreast Road.
He could not be reached for comment.
“It’s a viewshed on a busy road,” Tetreau said. “We want people to be able to see and use the land.”
The land is used for biking and cross-country skiing.
The plan for the project has been under discussion with the Planning Board since Kettenbach bought the land in 2010.
The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Aug. 14 , during which the developer will discuss the master plan for the land, including his plans for open space.