New Meads Corner Conservation Area established in Belchertown Reply

The Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission acquired over 100 acres for conservation.

The Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission acquired over 100 acres for conservation.

Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission announced today the creation of Meads Corner Conservation Area on Gold Street in Belchertown. This land, sold for conservation by the Jackson Family, is located in Belchertown and Pelham and abuts the Cadwell Memorial Forest.

The Town of Belchertown acquired the Meads Corner Conservation Area for $500,000 with funding from the Massachusetts Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity Program (LAND), the Town’s CPA Fund, and private funds raised by Kestrel Land Trust from individuals and foundations, including the Fields Pond Foundation. The conservation area includes 88 acres of forestland, and protects drinking water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Kestrel Land Trust will hold a Conservation Restriction on the land in order to ensure it is managed by the town for these conservation purposes in perpetuity. In addition, approximately 20 acres adjacent to the conservation area, which was part of the original Jackson Estate, is located in Pelham and will be held by Kestrel Land Trust as conservation land as well.

This conservation acquisition marks the sixth of its kind in a 7-year collaborative effort between Kestrel and Belchertown to permanently protect a wildlife corridor from the Quabbin Reservoir, the largest defacto wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts, to the 3,000-acre Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Other acquisitions in the last 7 years include: the 290-acre Holland Glen Conservation Area, the 70-acre Scarborough Brook Conservation Area, 220-acre Topping Farm, and a 300-acre portion of Ingate Farm, which was added to the Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Together these conservation areas permanently protect woodlands, streams, and wetlands for black bear, moose, bobcat, deer, turkey, otter, and other wildlife.

“This property was on the real estate market for several months, and it could have been carved up into several house lots along Gold Street,” said Belchertown’s conservation agent LeeAnne Connolly. “As our town continues to grow, it is critical to conserve natural areas like this to maintain the rural character that our community values.” 

“Kestrel Land Trust is thrilled to have helped Belchertown create another public conservation area,” said Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director. “It is places like these that people can enjoy all year round — spring, summer, fall and winter.”

If you are planning on buying a home in Belchertown or surrounding communities, call Michael Seward at 413-531-7129.

Editor’s note: the preceding was a press release from the Kestrel Land Trust and Belchertown Conservation Commission.

The video of this Hadley, MA home for sale abuts 150 acres of conservation land.

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