O'Brien Property, Plainfield

Woods on O'Brien property near West Mountain

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Mass Audubon has the opportunity to protect an ecologically-rich property adjacent to West Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in Plainfield, MA.

The 106-acre property, which is being sold by the O’Brien family, is part of a large network of significant wildlife corridors. Wildlife corridors will play a particularly important role in the age of climate change, where many species will need to shift location to find a more comfortable setting.

About the Land

Along with West Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, the O’Brien property acts as a land bridge, linking the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest to the north with the Deer Hill State Reservation to the south—creating more than 10,000 acres of connected conserved land. 

Large mammals are considered common here, and most recently a moose was tracked going straight through the property (see the map; click for larger version)!

The property is primarily undisturbed northern hardwood forest with beautiful red spruce and red maple woods. It also includes a portion of Tower Brook, a cold water fishery and tributary of the Wild & Scenic Westfield River. There are many acres of wetland dotted with sphagnum and sedge carpets as well as bunchberry, creeping snowberry, mountain holly, and a diversity of ferns. 

We Need Your Support

Carpet of sphagnum moss on O'Brien property

In this time of changing climate, the importance of protecting and maintaining wildlife corridors cannot be overstated. The preservation of the O’Brien land would protect the local watershed and an important wildlife corridor that connects large blocks of forested land which are favorable for wide-ranging moose and other wildlife.

To protect and care for this land, we need to raise $304,000 by December 2018.

Protecting this property will help ensure that this wildlife corridor remains intact. Please consider making a donation today to help us reach our goal.

To learn more, please contact Liz Albert by email. To make a gift by phone, call 781-259-2104.