On April 22, 2019 a new Conservation Restriction (CR) was acquired in a joint effort between the New England Forestry Foundation, Mass Audubon, and the Poitras Family (longtime conservationists and supporters of Mass Audubon). The property includes 60 acres of lovely fields and woodlands along Highland Street.
Mass Audubon has been busy in Holliston over the past few years. It is all part of a long term effort to knit together a large natural landscape for the benefit of Holliston and neighboring communities.
Altogether, Mass Audubon has played a role in protecting over 360 acres in Holliston since 2005. This CR furthers the connection to hundreds of acres of existing protected land. The mosaic of connected, protected lands will facilitate wildlife movement and increase nature’s resilience to the impacts of climate change, in addition to providing cleaner air and drinking water for these MetroWest communities in the years ahead. A large portion of this land will eventually become a new Mass Audubon property called Broad Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
The People Making It Possible
It is hard to talk about our work in Holliston without mentioning the Poitras Family. Without them, this work would not have been possible.
The Poitras family are the ones who first envisioned the protection of this historic and scenic section of Holliston. Largely with their own resources, they have gradually been purchasing land and then donating CRs on that land to Mass Audubon and the New England Forestry Foundation.
It is difficult to find better supporters of land conservation anywhere.
A Team Effort
We also need to give credit to the New England Forestry Foundation for all their help in making this work possible.
In the conservation community, it’s important to remember that we all think of ourselves as “playing on the same team” with many other talented, dedicated “players”. So much more conservation gets done when we work together.
New England Forestry Foundation has been working with Mass Audubon in Holliston for quite some time, and we are grateful to have them as our partner.
by Nick Rossi, Land Protection Specialist