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Thousand Acre Swamp

Thousand Acre Swamp, a unique and incredibly rich and diverse wetland system shared by Athol and Phillipston, has been a conservation priority of both towns for years. The excellent water quality and the isolation from heavily developed areas have made the swamp important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. In one year’s sampling by the Athol Bird and Nature Club over one hundred bird species were observed in the wetland, including breeding American black duck, wood duck, and mallard. Since 2009, Mount Grace has helped protect more than 400 acres in the wetland, which drains into the Millers River.