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Whitney Memorial Forest (Winchendon)

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Gift From: 
Adelaide Whitney (2002)

From Route 2 take exit 19 onto Route 202 north towards Winchendon. Travel approximately 12 miles. Just after passing through the very small hamlet of Waterville and the Waterville Plaza on right, turn right onto Benjamin Street and go up hill to top of road. The improved section of Benjamin Street ends where the power-line crosses. The property begins at the unimproved portion of the road.

Whitney Memorial Forest covers the northeast slopes of Benjamin Hill, overlooking downtown Winchendon from across the Millers River. The 90-acre forest abuts the Millers River State Wildlife Management Area, which was also protected with assistance from Mount Grace.  The land was donated to Mount Grace in memory of Adelaide Whitney through the efforts of Margaret Urquhart. A tireless advocate for Winchendon, Margaret served on the Winchendon Planning Commission, the Historical Commission, the Historical Society, the Toy Town Partnership, and the Northern Heritage Mills Project.

The property contains perennial streams that flow into the Millers River. There are three disused man-made wells on the property, one of which overflows and has created a wetland and stream area. The forest is mostly an Oak-Hemlock-White Pine Forest, with an abundance of Oak that supports a variety of wildlife species. There are still a number of mature aspen trees near the southern property boundary.

Mount Grace manages the forest for multiple uses including wildlife habitat, sustainable forestry and recreation. Mount Grace has conducted sustainable forestry tours on the property for natural resource classes at Mount Wachusett Community College and for the general public.

Whitney Memorial Forest is open to the public for non-motorized outdoor recreation including hiking, bird watching, nature study, and hunting.  Scenes from the fairy house building workshop with Winchendon Scouts are below.