Published on December 27, 2019

Welcoming a 7-Acre Addition to Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

View of Sandisfield State Forest from Turek property

On the southern side of Cold Spring Road in the Town of Sandisfield sits seven acres of ecologically rich land recently acquired by Mass Audubon from Donald and Mary Turek.

Part of the Minery Property

The Turek’s land is directly across the road from Mass Audubon’s Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and is adjacent to a larger 173-acre parcel Mass Audubon has an opportunity to purchase—if we can raise the funds.

These 180 acres, as well as 60 acres of the existing Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, once belonged to Robert Minery. Mr. Minery sold the seven acres to the Turek family in 2004, and they are delighted to see it re-connected.

"It is always a pleasure to work with Mass Audubon," said Mary Turek. "We are just happy to see that Mr. Minery had always had a soft spot for [Mass Audubon], and now this parcel will be part of the Cold Spring Rd. [Mass Audubon] property."

Building a Bridge

Acquisition of this land eliminates possible development that would fragment the area. It also helps form a bridge between the 770-acre Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to the north, the 6,616-acre Sandisfield State Forest to the south, and the 6,600-acre Otis State Forest to the west.

This type of connection is a key response to climate change. As temperatures rise, plants and animals will be on the move—searching for hospitable landscapes in which to live.

This particular area is a high priority within the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage of Western Massachusetts, the goal of which is to connect the Green Mountains in Vermont to the Hudson Highlands of New York.