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Crosby Conservation Area (Gill)

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Gift From: 
Patricia Hatch Crosby (1993)

From the Gill-Montague Bridge at the north end of Turners Falls, the intersection of Route 2. Main Road in Gill, and Avenue A in Turners, head north on Main Road about .5 miles turning left on West Gill Road. Follow West Gill Road north about 2.2 miles to turn right onto Center Road. Crosby Conservation Area is about .2 miles up the road on your left.

The conservation area protects a little more than 6 acres of wetlands drained by Otter Brook, which flows into the Connecticut River. The property is on the north side of Center Road, across from Upinngil Farm which grows certified organic strawberries, raspberries and grapes for sale or pick your own. Upinngil also has a farmstead dairy with artisan cheeses, raw milk. Certified organic whole and milled grains and flours including wheat, buckwheat, spelt and rye. A seasonal farmstand is open from May-November 8am-7pm down the road at 411 Main Road in Gill.

The southern portion of Crosby consists of wetlands dominated by a mixture of woody, graminoid, and fern species. The wetlands become more open and riparian to the north, where the dominant grass is the native Calamagrostis Canadensis. Purple loosestrife and cattail are not present in proximity to the road, indicating that nutrient runoff into the river is pretty minimal.

The property is open to the public for non-motorized outdoor recreation including hiking, bird watching, and nature study, and is open for hunting, although much of this small parcel is within 150’ of a roadway.