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Sweetwater Farm (Petersham)

Sweetwater Farm (Petersham)

Sweetwater Farm is a family farm located on 100 acres of pasture and fertile cropland and operated for over 200 years. Mount Grace protected the farm, and surrounding woodlands, with a CR in 2007. For information about education programs, seasonable flowers and vegetables, healthy grass-fed beef, and organic lamb see the farm's website.

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Pictures are from the Mount Grace summer tour of Sweetwater Farm in August, 2010.

Mount Jefferson (Hubbardston)

Mount Jefferson (Hubbardston)

In 2002, Mount Grace helped the Town of Hubbardston protect the 250-acre Ryder tract, which is now open to the public for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and hunting as the Mount Jefferson Conservation Area. Trail maps are available from the Hubbardston Open Space Committee.

Rutland Brook (Barre)

Rutland Brook (Barre)

As part of the Quabbin Corridor Connection Forest Legacy project, Mount Grace partnered with the Barre Conservation Commission to monitor conservation restrictions on land bought by Mass Audubon to be part of the Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in 2008. Rutland Brook is open to the public for hiking and nature study.

Muddy Brook (Hardwick)

Muddy Brook (Hardwick)

Mount Grace protected 647 acres of what is now the Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area in 1992. The property is a draw for a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. Click here for a map.

Waterfowl at Muddy Brook

Morgan Memorial Fresh Air Camp (New Salem)

Morgan Memorial Fresh Air Camp (New Salem)

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries has run a Fresh Air Camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 16 surrounded by woodlands, fields, and ponds in South Athol, Massachusetts since 1906. Goodwill protected 330 acres of the camp through the federal Forest Legacy program in 2007 with help from Mount Grace.

 

Photo credit: John Burk

Davenport Pond (Petersham)

Davenport Pond (Petersham)

Mount Grace first began working on the conservation of Davenport Pond, which straddles the border of Petersham and Athol, after receiving a 2006 Forest Legacy grant. The successful completion of that project in early 2009 meant that the eastern shore of the pond was protected. Two other shoreline parcels were protected by their owners Town of Athol and Aleza Beauvais and Soren Rono (pictured).

Huppert Conservation Area (Petersham)

Huppert Conservation Area (Petersham)

Mount Grace’s latest public conservation area has been established thanks to a Petersham couple participating in the new Massachusetts Conservation Land Tax Credit Program.

The nineteen mostly wooded acres on Petersham's Narrow Lane are a gift of Mick and Louise Huppert. The property, which contains a level bog draining into the Quabbin Reservoir, becomes Mount Grace’s newest conservation area. The East Quabbin Land Trust will also hold a conservation restriction on the property.

Featured conservation projects are marked with red arrows.
All other conserved land is represented by the key below.
 


KEY:

Conservation Areas (23 Parcels / 1,732 Acres)
Conservation Restrictions (69 Parcels / 5,136 Acres)
Stewardship Assists (8 Parcels / 1,935 Acres)

All Property Managed and Monitored by Mount Grace: 8,803 Acres

Facilitated Projects (223 Parcels / 22,936 Acres)
Project Assists (22 Parcels / 1,755 Acres)

All Land Protected by Mount Grace: 31,559 Acres

Other Protected Land (172,594 Acres)

Total Protected Land: 204,153 Acres
Total Land in Mount Grace Region: 510,640 Acres