The 14.5-acre parcel on Hovey’s Pond and the 3.5-acre parcel on Sperry’s Pond have long been Boxford conservation priorities, and Greenbelt is working with the Town to achieve
these conservation acquisitions.
The two Bergstrom parcels harbor innumerable critical conservation resources, including permanently preserving popular trails for the public.
The 14.5-acre 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 Nason Conservation Area – 46 acres that Greenbelt partnered with the Town and BTA/BOLT to preserve in 2014.
In addition to encompassing lovely mature woodlands and wetlands, the property has an existing system of woods roads and trails that link directly to the Nason Conservation Area.
Both parcels are entirely encompassed within an area mapped as Priority Habitat for Rare Species by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, and designated Core
Habitat for Species of Conservation Concern in the BioMap2 study, both for Blandings Turtle and the Blue-Spotted Salamander.
The Town of Boxford will seek approval of $60,000 in existing CPA funds for the purchase at Spring Town Meeting on June 16.
Greenbelt is committed to facilitating the transaction, including paying for due diligence (title, appraisal, environmental), and to holding the conservation restriction required for
municipal properties acquired with CPA funds.
Conserving this land:
Expands a vast swath of already protected land in West Boxford
Protects species of concern, including Blandings Turtle and Blue-Spotted Salamander
Preserves popular hiking trails
Protects hundreds of feet of pond shorelines
How You Can Help:
Attend a site walk to view the property and learn about its conservation value on Tuesday, April 28th at 5:30 pm (rain date is Thursday, April 30th at 5:30 pm). Meeting location
TBD, so please check back closer to the date.
Vote to approve the use of CPA funds to forever conserve the land at the Boxford Spring Town Meeting on June 16.
Voters at the Boxford Spring Town Meeting will be asked to approve the use of $60,000 in existing CPA funds to conserve the land.
Greenbelt will absorb the transaction and infracture costs totalling $10,000.
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.