Bob Ford, Land Protection Specialist
Fast on the heels of the protection of 72 acres in Sharon through our partnership with the town and Massapoag Sportsmen’s Club, Mass Audubon is working with the town of Sharon again – this time, to place a conservation restriction (CR) on an additional 10 acres. The CR will insure the permanent protection of an area of woodlands and wetlands adjacent to the 72 acres protected two months ago. Conservation of the land will further contribute to the protection of Massapoag Brook, which borders the property, and create an extension to a town-wide hiking trail known as the Massapoag Trail.
Bob Wilber, Director of Land Protection
For the second year in a row, we had a flurry of land protection activity in late December. The fast accumulation of acres resulted in welcomed drifts of cherished conservation land for people and wildlife, sprinkled across the commonwealth. 71 acres in Sharon near our Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 15 acres in Wendell abutting Whetstone Wood, 8 acres in Wareham at the our newest sanctuary – Great Neck, and 2 acres in Marshfield as part of the North River Wildlife Sanctuary, all arrived on time. While not all were “gifts”, each brought smiles to boys and girls, and salamanders, birds and turtles across the land!
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John Coolidge, Conservation Restriction Stewardship Specialist
Good conservation restriction (CR) stewardship starts with good baseline documentation. We try not to do our documentation work in the rain… but there are times when it’s just plain impossible to avoid. Last week was one of those times because we’ve nearly completed an important project in Sharon involving conservation land owned by the Town and the new protection of land owned by the Massapoag Sportsmen’s Club. Our goal is to complete all the baseline work prior to the CR being signed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and recorded at the Registry of Deeds.
Of primary importance to the CR, and our ongoing stewardship of it, is documenting the existing condition of the property at the time of the recording. Identifying the boundaries of the property, locating the survey monuments, and making a record of the type of terrain both with pictures and written descriptions helps in the yearly monitoring both for the landowner or future landowners as well as those that will monitor the CR. Locating the lot corners is critical to the accuracy of our shape files (the basic outline of the property).
At the Sportsman’s Club soon-to-be-protected land, the local surveyor and the conservation administrator for the town were very helpful in finding all the monuments. Below, Bob Ford and Lindsey Sarquilla confirm that a boundary location is correctly aligned with a beautiful old stone wall assisted by Conservation Administer Gregory Meister from the Sharon Conservation Commission.