Critical Addition to Cook’s Canyon Wildlife Sanctuary

The Trifilo family has bought, sold and owned several properties in Barre over the past century.  One special property has been in the Trifilo family for over 50 years and the three children who inherited it decided to sell to Mass Audubon, adding nine acres and frontage on Galloway Brook to the Cook’s Canyon Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Cook’s Canyon is the small ravine in which Galloway Brook flows.  Galloway Brook has some impressive waterfalls and rapids during times of high water.  A small shopping center on the east is separated from the land by a natural cliff-face.  This acquisition preserves an ecologically significant natural area, and assists wildlife movement by expanding the connectivity of Cook’s Canyon Wildlife Sanctuary – a key response to climate change.

Galloway Brook

The Galloway Brook along the southern boundary is a tributary of the Prince River, a coldwater stream.   Coldwater streams are areas or reaches of streams and small rivers with water cold enough throughout the year to support coldwater fish species such as brook trout.  This acquisition increases the length of protected stream corridor by approximately 650 feet.

-Kate Buttolph, Land Protection Specialist