Along Loring Hill Road, 23 acres of field and forest has been permanently protected with a Conservation Restriction (CR) donated to Mass Audubon by the Sinclair family.
It is one of the last steps in a project envisioned by Fraser Sinclair in 2014. His neighbor George Butterworth (a former Mass Audubon trustee) passed away that year and the heirs were hoping to sell the land for conservation – over 200 acres.
A Plan to Protect 200 Acres
Sinclair quickly put in motion a preservation plan that ultimately called for:
- Mass Audubon to purchase 84 acres.
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to acquire a CR on 84 acres.
- Harvard Forest to purchase 103 acres.
- The Sinclairs to purchase 16 acres (adjacent to their 13 acres) and then donate a CR to Mass Audubon.
Now all but the Harvard Forest purchase has been completed, and that is expected to happen within the next two years. In the end, this addition of protected lands will further promote a healthy environment for a wide variety of plants and animals, as well as humans.
Clean Water and Clear Views
This 23-acre CR donated by the Sinclair family strengthens the connection between Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, neighboring Harvard Forest and the Swift River Reservation, and protects the Quabbin Reservoir which provides drinking water to over 2.5 million people.
You can visit Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy hiking, bird-watching, and nature study. While there take a moment to appreciate the scenic landscapes and watersheds this 23-acre CR protects and the donors who made it happen.