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Your support for Brownell Parcel purchase is critical!

Posted April 18th, 2011 in News by Charles Radville
Brownell property 8x11 300x231 Your support for Brownell Parcel purchase is critical!

Map courtesy of Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (click to view full size)

In 2009 we announced that we had an agreement to acquire the 40-acre Dunn Preserve along Old Slough Road north of Angelica Avenue and Pine Island Pond.

With your help we were able to close on the property in June of last year.

In 2010 we were contacted by Linda Brownell to determine whether or not we would be interested in acquiring the 49-acre parcel which lies between the Old Jenny Farm and the Martocci Preserve. Given its location between two of our existing properties we were, of course, interested.

This land is designated as a “Supporting Natural Landscape” by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program for the most environmentally sensitive and important “Core Habitat” of Pine Island Pond.

We conducted a tour of this parcel in February of this year.

This parcel fits like a puzzle piece into our preservation map (see image), and will allow extension and additions to our trail system. An existing trail runs roughly parallel to the existing Hiller Trail on the adjacent Martocci Preserve, and passes a large blueberry orchard used in the past by the Brownells.

We signed a purchase and sale agreement in  September 2010 committing us to purchase the parcel this coming June.

You can assist in the purchase of this critical property by preserving one of the approximately 1500 blueberry bushes for $100, or making any other donation:

  • by accessing our  secure DONATE page and making a specific note about the Brownell purchase in the “memorial” area 
  • by contacting us at info@mattlandtrust.org
  • by mailing a check with a note about this purchase to the Mattapoisett Land Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
  • by donating securities (contact Edward Jones Investments, Attn. Ron Ellis, 53 County Rd. Mattapoisett, MA 02739)

Thank you for your interest and support!

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