The 14.5-acre parcel on Hovey’s Pond owned by the Bergstrom family has long been a Boxford conservation priority, and Greenbelt has secured an agreement to purchase and permanently
preserve this land in partnership with BTA/BOLT and the Town.
The Bergstrom parcel contains over 600 feet of shoreline on Hovey’s Pond. It abuts a vast swath of existing protected land, including BTA/BOLT’s Potter's Farm
conservation area, and the Town’s Nason Conservation Area – 46 acres that Greenbelt partnered with the Town and BTA/BOLT to preserve in 2014.
The property has an existing system of trails that link directly to the Nason Conservation Area and Potter’s Farm
The Bergstrom property serves as critical habitat for Blandings Turtle and the Blue-Spotted Salamander, both species of conservation concern in Massachusetts due to shrinking habitat.
The Town of Boxford will seek approval of $60,000 in existing CPA funds for purchasing the land at the September Town Meeting.
Greenbelt is responsible for facilitating the transaction, including paying for all of the transactional expenses, and for holding the conservation restriction required for municipal
properties acquired with CPA funds.
Conserving this land:
Expands the greenway of protected land along Hovey’s Pond
Protects habitat for threatened wildlife
Allows popular hiking trails to remain
Enhances climate resiliency by maintaining healthy woodlands, wetlands, and clean water
How You Can Help:
Vote to approve CPA funds to forever conserve the land at the Boxford Spring Town Meeting September. Stay tuned for more information.
Voters at the Boxford September Town Meeting will be asked to approve the use of $60,000 in existing CPA funds to conserve the land.
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