Landscape Conservation: Northfield Mount Hermon Conserves Trail
(This is a 2012 archive page. Both these protected properties are now threatened by the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline)
Directly across Gulf Road from the Northfield Town Forest, New England’s National Scenic Trail heads east to climb Mt. Grace before heading on to Mt. Monadnock.
Northfield Mount Hermon School has now protected this section of the trail, selling 117-acres of land, including ¾ miles of trail, to Mount Grace as part of the Metacomet-Monadnock Forest Legacy Project.
“Northfield Mount Hermon School and Mount Grace Land Trust have been collaborating on this effort for over five years,” explained Bob Macomber (NMH ’60), a former trustee of the school who helped negotiate the sale. “It became clear that this land could be a central piece to the Northfield section of the National Scenic Trail because it provides a more direct and more attractive hiking connection for adjacent sections of the Trail. With the opportunity to participate in both a healthy recreational use and a long term conservation effort, the NMH Board readily approved this conveyance.”