Published on July 8, 2019

Norma's Woods Protected!

Dorrance property on a map
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Thanks to many generous donors, we were able to purchase the 25-acre Dorrance property, also known as Norma's Woods! This significant addition to Oak Knoll will expand our trails, protect ecologically sensitive areas, and provide better sanctuary access through public transportation. 

This also brings us closer to connecting Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary.

Why This Matters

Located in the densely populated city of Attleboro, and situated on a public transportation route, Oak Knoll provides important benefits to both people and wildlife.

More than 20,000 people live within a two-mile radius of the sanctuary, making it one of the most significant settings for Mass Audubon to connect people with nature. School programs and summer camp are just some of the educational opportunities offered for the community, serving over 10,000 youth and adults annually.

The addition of this land will:

  • Expand Oak Knoll & its trail system
  • Double the core area of protected forest
  • Protect endangered species habitat
  • Ensure good water quality & healthy pond habitat at Lake Talaquega–the focus of outdoor environmental programs at the sanctuary

Thank you to all who helped to make this vision a reality!