Thanks to the cooperation and help of the Hampden Township Planning Board, the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, the notary, the lawyer, and the landowner, a special 7-acre parcel of land has now been added to Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mass Audubon has acquired two new properties on Cuttyhunk Island that total over 30 acres and encompass roughly 1.25 miles of coastline. This is the final stage of a multiyear endeavor to complete the acquisition of land left to Mass Audubon by bequest of our longtime conservation partner on the island, Muriel Ponzecchi.
Working in partnership with the City of Northampton, Mass Audubon added 5.72 acres of state-designated "Critical Natural Landscape and Core Habitat" to Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. The land is strategically located along the eastern boundary of the Manhan Meadows and adds to the extensive wetland systems, grasslands, shrublands, and forest that make up the 730-acre sanctuary.
In late April 2020, Mass Audubon acquired a Conservation Restriction (CR) on a former golf course in Northampton. Purchased in February by the City of Northampton, the property adds 105 acres to the southwestern section of a large forested area known as the Rocky Hill Greenway.
In partnership with the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Mass Audubon closed on 85 acres of land south of our Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary near Old Sudbury Road. The land was donated by the Carroll School, and it straddles the borders of Lincoln, Wayland, and Weston.
With the financial support and encouragement of Mass Audubon, the Town of Sharon and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) have permanently protected the iconic 330-acre Rattlesnake Hill property—an exciting, rewarding conclusion to a decades-long conservation effort.
A generous donation from the Trifilo family has added nine acres and frontage on the Galloway Brook to Cook's Canyon Wildlife Sanctuary. This acquisition preserves an ecologically significant natural area, and assists wildlife movement by expanding the connectivity of the sanctuary—a key response to climate change.
Mass Audubon has received a generous donation of a 50-acre property on the former Grass Hill Road in Whately, near Graves Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. These acres add significantly to the connection between protected lands in the area, thereby preserving the integrity of the natural landscape.