Double Your Impact & Protect Ipswich's Drinking Water Supply and Public Trail Access!
Greenbelt is working with the Town of Ipswich to protect Kamon Farm, a 93-acre portion of Turkey Hill, which is the last remaining undeveloped, unprotected hilltop in Ipswich. A
very generous Greenbelt donor has offered to MATCH the next $75,000 raised for Kamon Farm. Please donate today to double your gift's impact! Thank you.
We Need Your Help! Here's how you can support the project:
THANK YOU, Ipswich Residents, for your vote for Open Space bond funds at Town Meeting!
View a virtual site walk led by Director of Land Conservation Chris LaPointe. VIEW.
Thank you for all who participated in the "Set the Pace for Open Space" virtual run/walk last month!
Along both sides of Pineswamp Road, Kamon Farm features open hayfields, forest and wetlands that connect existing protected land in the Ipswich and Parker River watersheds. More than half of
the property protects and filters water flowing into the Bull Brook Reservoir and the Mile Lane Wells. Portions of this land have been used for hay; in the future, agricultural uses
compatible with drinking water supply goals will continue.
Once protected, public access to hiking trails that connect to other conserved land will be enhanced and maintained, and there is an opportunity to add a small area for parking on Pineswamp
Road. The property would be open, free of charge, from dawn to dusk daily.
ClickHEREto watch a virtual site walk led by Chris LaPointe.
Financing & Future
The purchse price is $1,150,000, which is below current market value. Once acquired, Greenbelt will own and manage the parcel as part of our region-wide reservation system, available to the
public for passive recreation, and portions of the open fields will be managed for agricultural purposes consistent with drinking water protection goals.
There is potential for a small gravel parking area, and the trail system will be expanded and improved with interpretive and directional signage.
The Town of Ipswich will hold a Conservation Restriction on the land, adding a further level of protection.
Town of Ipswich Open Space Bond $ 350,000
(approved at 10/17 Town Meeting)
Mass. LAND Grant Program $ 400,000
Greenbelt Fundraising Goal (A very generous donor will match up to $75,000 raised .)
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.