November 18, 2008
The Town of Acton closed its first land acquisition with Community Preservation funds in October 2007, adding 12.1 acres to Nagog Hill Conservation Land and increasing that conservation area's total size to 170 acres.
The parcel, sold to the Town for conservation purposes by John and Jill Groener, consists of approximately eight acres of oak and maple upland forest and four acres of red maple forested wetlands. It lies within areas designated as prime protection lands on the Natural Heritage and Habitat, the Biodiversity and Living Waters and the Sudbury Valley Trustees Priorities maps. It is similarly located within a prime biodiversity area identified in the 2000 Biodiversity Protection and Stewardship Plan prepared by botanist Francis Clark, under the direction of the Massachusetts Riverways Program.
Jim Snyder-Grant, chair of the Acton Land Stewardship Committee, and a board member of the Acton Conservation Trust, said "I'm deeply grateful to the Groeners for working with the ACT and the town to make this happen. Increasing the size of our protected natural areas is exactly what the Community Preservation Act was designed for, and this was a tremedously effective use of the real estate tax money and state matching funds that flow in to the CPA fund. This is wonderful land, with a rich mix of habitats."
The Acton Conservation Trust worked closely with the Groeners from start to finish, developing a proposal for Acton's Community Preservation Committee at the inception and helping to facilitate the project throughout.
For more information contact: Susan Mitchell
Hardt, president of ACT,