Historic Woodlot, Trails Lead to Conservation Area
Property Description & History
Though just 9.25 acres, a few steps into the Glennie Woodlot feels like stepping back over a century ago, when North Andover was a rural farming community, interspersed with woodlots such as this one. Passed down through the generations, the Glennie Woodlot is the last piece of the Glennie Dairy, much of which is now the permanently-protected Smolak Farm.
Glennie Woodlot is a gorgeous example of a classic Northeastern Massachusetts forest. Mature oaks, maples and white pine grace these open woods, leading to views of a 23-nest heron rookery perched in the neighboring wetlands. In addition to preserving critical watershed land and wildlife habitat, trails and parking for new public access to the Town Farm Conservation Area will be created from this conserved land.
The conservation significance and public benefits of preserving this parcel are noteworthy.
Perhaps most significant is that the Glennie Woodlot Property is a gateway to that portion of the Town Farm Conservation Area north of Dale Street. There was no adequate trail access from Dale Street to the northern portion of Town Farm due to flooding of the wetlands behind the Dale Street Soccer Fields.
With the support of many generous donors and North Andover residents who voted to allocate CPA funds toward the $250,000 purchase price, Glennie Woodlot will be protected forever. The Town of North Andover now owns the land for conservation and passive recreational purposes.
On the Glennie Woodlot, Greenbelt will build a modest parking area. An existing woods road provides a solid base for an established trail to the shared boundary with Town Farm, offering improved public access to the northern portion of Town Farm.
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.