The 70-acre Muddy Pond conservation area includes the last section of the undeveloped shoreline of Muddy Pond. This peaceful 30-acre pond, which includes a waterfront campsite, is located in Westminster alongside the Midstate Trail, a 95-mile corridor of wild and scenic land that runs from Rhode Island to New Hampshire. This project protects the wilderness view from the hut campsite on existing conservation land on the opposite shore of the Pond.
There is a trail on the land and a kiosk built by volunteers from Mount Grace, Friends of the Midstate Trail, and the North Quabbin Trails Association.
Muddy Pond is a remote, high-elevation undeveloped glacial pond, populated mostly by otters and other wild creatures. It is quite rare for a pond this large to be undeveloped and protected in Central Massachusetts.
Len and Amy Engman, who have lived at the Pond since 1978, agreed to a permanent conservation restriction (CR) on 70 acres of their land, to be held by the Town of Westminster.
Conserving the Engman property adds to 3,400 acres of existing contiguous protected land. Completing the protection of Muddy Pond provides exceptional recreational opportunities, including new public access to the Pond and the Midstate Trail. The new spur trail on the Engman CR will add to the value of the surrounding protected land as a recreation destination. The pond and Whitney Hill ridge provide an important wildlife corridor and high ecological diversity including open water, floating bog mats, shallow marsh, flooded beaver meadow, hemlock-swamp, red-maple swamp and upland hardwood forest.
Partners in the project with the Engmans include the Town of Westminster, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, North County Land Trust, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“The Engman property is the keystone to preserving Muddy Pond in its natural state.” Dan Bartkus, Westminster Conservation Commission Chair
“Acquisition of this property constitutes the last landholding necessary for the full protection of Muddy Pond, one of the Town’s most critical environmental areas.” Stephen Wallace, Westminster Town Planner
To find the trailhead for the Midstate on Bragg Hill Road from Route 2A in the center of Westminster: Travel northeast on Bacon Street for .6 miles. Bear right onto North Common Road and continue for .6 miles. Bear left onto Oakmont Avenue and continue for 1.7 miles. Cross South Ashburnham Road and continue north on Bragg Hill Road to the Trailhead. Hike about 1 mile to the Pond.
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