DARTMOUTH, MA — The Trustees of Reservations invite the community to the official opening of Cornell Farm in Dartmouth on August 30. The Cornell Farm property is located on Smith Neck Road, just south of Rock O’Dundee Road. The Trustees of Reservations acquired the 131-acre farm in February 2009 with the assistance of many partners and the community. Cornell Farm marks The Trustees 101st Reservation and 6th South Shore property to open to the public. Since 2001, The Trustees have worked with community partners to protect nearly 6,000 acres on the South Shore and have raised over $80 million in conservation funding.
The Cornell Farm is one of the last remaining, large, unprotected parcels within the Little River watershed in Dartmouth and has long been a high priority for local conservationists and community members due to its many acres of ecologically significant wetlands and salt marsh, as well as scenic views of protected land to the south. The farm’s frontage along Smith Neck Road contributes to the rural character of the area, and is an important agricultural parcel in the community.
The property, owned by the Cornell family for five generations, is now forever protected thanks to The Trustees’ collaboration with many partners who made this project possible including: the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, the Town of Dartmouth Community Preservation Act Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pew Charitable Trusts, and, many generous donors and neighbors. The Trustees will now own and manage Cornell Farm as a reservation open to the public, with a conservation restriction to be held by Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) and the Town of Dartmouth.
Over one mile of walking trails will be available for the community to enjoy beginning on August 30. The trails traverse through rich a rich, oak-holly forest and provide sweeping views of the Little River. A parking lot is currently being established along Smith Neck Road to accommodate visitors. Next steps for The Trustees will include working with the community to develop a long-term management plan that will guide the future use of the property. This plan will establish potential outreach projects and agricultural opportunities designed to engage and involve local community members. Efforts are also underway to raise funds to support The Trustees long-term maintenance and management of the farm. For those who are interested in learning more or making contributions, please contact Bill Stanton at 781.784.0567.
About The Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation's oldest, statewide nonprofit conservation organization. Supported by more than 100,000 members, The Trustees protect Massachusetts' scenic, natural and historic resources for everyone to enjoy. From working farms to historic homesteads, barrier beaches to mountain vistas, The Trustees own and manage nearly 26,000 acres on 101 reservations, including four National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark, and seven properties listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
Since 2001, The Trustees have furthered six major initiatives in the South Coast by permanently protecting more than 5,731 acres. From the massive wilderness of the Southeastern Massachusetts’ Bioreserve, to the agricultural landscapes of Dartmouth and Westport, to the ecologically critical Lyman Reserve, properties protected by The Trustees are now safeguarding the region’s most vital natural and cultural landscapes. By forming strategic partnerships with local land trusts, municipalities, and state conservation agencies, and by encouraging gifts of land whenever possible, The Trustees have helped raise and secure more than $80 million dollars for land conservation in the region. To find out how you can visit The Trustees’ six other reservations in the South Coast, please visit: www.thetrustees.org.
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