Conservation Projects

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Fitchburg's Northern Watershed – Kirby Property
In June 2014, NCLT completed the conservation of 163 acres of land in Ashburnham and Ashby, within the City of Fitchburg’s northern water supply watershed. The City of Fitchburg now owns 110 acres of land for water supply protection. NCLT has acquired our newest public access property, the 53-acres Kirby Conservation Area in Ashburnham.

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Quabbin Reservoir to Wachusett Mountain Forest legacy Project
Since 2013, North County Land Trust and our conservation partners have been working to conserve nearly 4,200 acres in the region that lies between the Quabbin Reservoir in the west and Mount Wachusett in the east. The Quabbin Reservoir to Wachusett Mountain Forest Legacy Project (Q2W) will create a conserved landscape that permanently protects drinking water, unique wildlife habitats and important working lands in this region. Federal Forest Legacy funding totaling over $7 million will leverage other funding sources and donations to conserve land valued at more than $10.5 million.

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Conserving the Riverfront in Gardner, while Protecting Templeton's Water Supply
North County Land Trust worked with the City of Gardner to protect 122.5 acres of pristine riverfront property on the Otter River, bordering Gardner and Templeton. While conserving the intact gravel eskers and 1.25 miles of riverfront on this property, this project also protects drinking water for the Town of Templeton. Named the “Cummings Otter River Conservation Area”, the property is open to the public for hiking, fishing, boating and passive recreation.

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Fitchburg's Gateway Park
NCLT and the Fitchburg Greenway Committee realized a vision when they finally secured an abandoned mill site on the Nashua River. This vision was shared by City leaders and the Mass. Gateway Cities Parks Program, which provided funding to purchase the site and construct this beautiful riverfront park.

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Related documents:
2011 Massachusetts State Land Report
Map of Gateway Park and Conservation Land


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Protecting Fitchburg's Northern Water Supply Watershed
With funding from the Southern Monadnock Plateau Forest Legacy Program, NCLT helped the City of Fitchburg acquire 121 acres of open land in Fitchburg's northern water supply watershed. Located in Fitchburg, Ashby and Ashburnham, this watershed supplies drinking water for 4 reservoirs: Fitchburg Reservoir in Ashby and Scott, Lovell and Falulah Reservoirs in Fitchburg

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Related documents:
Map of Conserved Land in Northern Watershed


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Fitchburg Reservoir Project: Protecting Fitchburg's Public Water Supply
In 2009, NCLT facilitated the City of Fitchburg's first purchase of conservation restrictions on private land in its northern water supply watershed, conserving 161 acres of sensitive watershed land in Ashby and Ashburnham. In the process, the central part of the 525-acres Crocker Farm and the northern face of Jewell Hill were permanently protected from development.

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Related documents:
2009 Massachusetts State Land Report