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A Conservation Restriction (CR) adjacent to Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary was expanded to permanently protect an additional five acres.
The donation was made by the Hunnewell family and it preserves a section of Glen Street in Natick from further development. It also helps ensure the integrity of this natural corridor along the Charles River.
The expansion of this CR is another gift in a remarkable set of 5 separate donations from the Hunnewell Family to Mass Audubon dating back to the 1970’s. The total amount of land they have protected with Mass Audubon is now roughly 137 acres—an impressive achievement from a conservation-minded family.
The story of the Hunnewell family is not entirely unusual; although, the number of donations does demonstrate a particularly remarkable generosity. Many people decide to preserve their land gradually over a period of time. The reasons for this are numerous.
Some families reserve a small portion of their land to sell as a house lot in case they find themselves in financial need later. Then, in the future, they may realize that they do not need this financial insurance so they choose to conserve the rest of it. Others choose to conserve part of their land during their lives, and then gift the remaining interest upon their passing.
With a bit of thoughtful flexibility, we can preserve more land than otherwise possible.
If you are thinking about conserving your land, remember that land conservation is not always an "all or nothing" proposition. You can make some arrangements to protect your land now, and then build on that in the future if you like.