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Greenbelt is partnering with North Andover residents to protect the historic Glennie Woodlot on Dale Street. A few steps into the Glennie Woodlot feels like stepping back in time, to over a century ago when North Andover was a rural farming community interspersed with woodlots like this one. The Glennie Woodlot has been passed down through generations, and is the last piece of the Glennie Dairy, much of which is now the permanently-protected Smolak Farms.
Greenbelt has the opportunity to forever protect the Glennie Woodlot, 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, the Glennie Woodlot offers a tremendous opportunity to create trails and parking for new public access from Dale Street to the northern part of Town Farm Conservation Area.
Greenbelt has negotiated a purchase price for the Town to acquire the 9.25 acres for $250,000, just over 50% of the land's market value. The land would be owned by the Town for conservation and passive creational purposes, serving as a new entrance and addition to the adjacent Town Farm Conservation Area.
North Andover voters will have the opportunity to help preserve this part of North Andover's rural, scenic character at Town Meeting on May 14, when they vote whether to approve $200,000 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds toward the purchase of the property. Greenbelt has committed to raising the remaining $50,000 toward the purchase price.
Residents are invited to join Greenbelt for a walk on the property on Thursday, May 2 at 6 pm.
The Town of North Andover will own the land for conservation and passive recreational purposes. Greenbelt has negotiated a purchase price of $250,000, slightly more than 50% of it's market value. If CPA funds are approved, Greenbelt has committed to privately fundraise the additional amount needed to purchase the land.
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Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.