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Stockbridge, MA – The close of 2007 marked the successful completion of an effort to conserve over 300 acres of ecologically and agriculturally important land just to the south of Mill River in New Marlborough. Through the gift of a Conservation Restriction to The Trustees of Reservations, and with help and support from the New Marlborough Preservation Land Trust, Edward (Ned) Goodnow has ensured that his land will essentially remain as it is seen today – rolling fields and forest – forever.
Conservation Restrictions are a means for landowners to permanently restrict subdivision and development rights, while retaining other rights such as those to passive outdoor recreation and environmentally sound agriculture and forestry. Mr. Goodnow felt that a conservation restriction was the best way for him to meet multiple goals for the land, adding that “this conservation restriction allows us to continue farming the land while at the same time ensuring it will remain fields and woodland in the future as it was when we bought the farm 40 years ago.” As the holders of the Conservation Restriction, The Trustees will work with Mr. Goodnow and future property owners to ensure the integrity of the restriction is upheld.
While the land remains in private ownership, the Conservation Restriction provides for a number of public benefits to the Town of New Marlborough and the Commonwealth as a whole. It furthers New Marlborough’s Open Space and Recreation Plan goals by allowing for a public access trail to the historic “Carroll Mill” site along the Konkapot River, and protecting the rural and scenic character of the roads and landscape near Mill River Village. The land under restriction also includes just under a mile of river frontage along the Konkapot River and will help protect water quality for fishing and other recreational activities. Portions of the property have been identified by Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program as being “Priority Habitat” for rare and endangered wildlife; and nearly a third of the three hundred acres has been designated as having “Prime” agricultural soils by the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
“This Conservation Restriction, along with others recently recorded by the New Marlborough Land Preservation Trust and the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, will help to protect the scenic and ecological landscape of New Marlborough,” said Steve McMahon, The Trustees Regional Director for the Berkshires.
Mr. Goodnow joins roughly 270 other private landowners who have granted Conservation Restrictions to The Trustees of Reservations, helping to maintain the natural and cultural heritage of Massachusetts.
About the Trustees’ Mission & Strategic Plan
Since its founding in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees’ Mission has been to preserve, protect and care for properties of exceptional scenic, historic, recreational, and ecological value in Massachusetts. While our mission remains the same, the way the organization plans to accomplish it has changed as the world has changed.
As land is being developed and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace around the state, The Trustees are working to mobilize and inspire a critical mass of people and partners who care about quality of life in their communities and will work to protect them. The Trustees are undertaking an ambitious education and outreach effort to help more people understand how everyone can be “a Trustee” of the planet and make a lasting impact.
About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, of the outdoors and of the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting them for everyone, forever.
With 99 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all of which are open to the public – The Trustees of Reservations’ properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains and hilltops, to working farms, stately homes and gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees properties offer something for everyone. In addition to its reservations, The Trustees hold perpetual conservation restrictions on nearly 16,000 acres – more than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts – permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development. In addition, The Trustees have assisted in the protection of nearly 16,000 additional acres.
The Trustees employ 180 full-time and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. The Trustees’ Berkshires Regional Office is based in Stockbridge, MA. To find out how you can interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call The Trustees of Reservations at 781.784.0567, visit at www.thetrustees.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.