Kamon Farm Conservation Project: Protect Ipswich's Drinking Water Supply!
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.
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 with other conserved land, including the Town's Turkey Hill Conservation Area, will be enhanced and maintained. There is an
opportunity to add a small parking area on Pineswamp Road to enhance public access to the land and its trails. The property would be open to the public dawn to dusk daily, allowing
the public to enjoy the scenic beauty of the land.
Protects more than 90 acres on the last remaining undeveloped hilltop in Ipswich
Safeguards Bull Brook Reservoir and the Mile Lane wells
Allows the opportunity for continued low intensity farming
Provides public access to trail connections to adjacent conserved lands
Protects important habitat for birds and other wildlife
How You Can Help:
Help raise the remaining funds needed to preserve this property with agenerous
Ipswich residents: there will be an opportunity to VOTE at Town Meeting this fall to allocate $450,000 in Open Space Bond funds to conserve Kamon Farm. If the full amount of
$400,000 is awarded from the MA LAND grant program, the Town's amount may be reduced to as low as $350,000.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the schedules for Town Meetings are uncertain, so please stay tuned for more information.
Financing & Future
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.
Potential Funding Sources:
Town of Ipswich Open Space Bond $ 450,000*
(to be requested at Town Meeting)
Mass. LAND Grant Program $ 400,000 (to be
Greenbelt Fundraising Goal $ 400,000**
*If the full $400,000 requested from the LAND grant program is awarded, the town's amount may be reduced to as low as $350,000.
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.