Thank you for helping Greenbelt Expand Access to Merrimac’s Town Forest
Thanks to the support of Merrimac residents and others, Greenbelt has successfully protected the 23-acre "Beaver Pond Resrvation" on Battis Road in Merrimac. This beautiful property is
surrounded on two sides by the Merrimac Town Forest, where Cobbler’s Brook winds its way through mature woodlands and boggy wetlands on its way to the Merrimac River. This special
piece of land will allow new, additional access to the Town Forest and its trails.
Once trailwork is completed, new footpaths will lead visitors to views of a stunning beaver pond, as well as a heron rookery nestled in the Town Forest. Wildlife and wildflowers abound on
this small parcel, whose waters have been designated by the state for their rare species habitat.
Greenbelt is most appreciative to Merrimack residents who generously donated to the project, and who unanimously voted last spring to approve $10,000 from the Town’s Open Space Fund
toward Greenbelt’s purchase of the property. Greenbelt also thanks the Merrimac 4th graders who helped named the property the "Beaver Pond Reservation."
Greenbelt looks forward to celebrating with a public opening of the Beaver Pond Reservation when trailwork is completed. Stay tuned for an announcement in the months ahead.
Preserving this land:
Prevents an already-permitted homesite from being developed
Protects state-designated critical habitat along Cobbler’s Brook, a tributary to the Merrimac River
Preserves a forested buffer around a heron rookery in the Town Forest
Enables trail expansion from the Town Forest, and the potential for additional parking
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.