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ACTION ALERT FOR ASHBURNHAM RESIDENTS!
The Trustees, Town of Ashburnham and City of Fitchburg seek to partner to permanently protect 300 acres at Jewell Hill for public enjoyment.
Ashburnham Town Meeting vote on December 9, will ask residents to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept a state grant award for the purchase of a conservation restriction on Jewell Hill, located in Ashburnham.
To learn more, join us for an information session Monday, December 2 at 6PM at the Ashburnham Public Library.
Jewell Hill (1,411 feet) is the pinnacle of an idyllic and unprotected 300-acre agricultural property that spans Ashby, Ashburnham, and Fitchburg. Wooded trails lead to an overlook with sweeping views of Jewell Hill Farm and more than 2,000 acres of surrounding protected land. On a clear day, views extend to the Boston skyline 45 miles away.
Jewell Hill is special for it’s beautiful vistas, open fields, and forest trails. It offers up opportunities to enjoy hiking, picnicking, and cross-country skiing while also supporting vernal pools and woodland streams that supply Fitchburg’s drinking water.
With the generous commitment of the landowner and his family, The Trustees seek to purchase this 300-acre property via a ‘bargain sale’ and to permanently protect this land while promoting public enjoyment – the hallmark of a Trustees’ reservation.
The Trustees have received a generous bequest from the estate of Jaime Hudson, an avid hiker, skier and long-time Trustees supporter, and are collaborating with the Town of Ashburnham and City of Fitchburg to secure additional critical funding through state grants.
An award of state grant funding to the Town of Ashburnham and City of Fitchburg will enable the municipalities to purchase conservation restrictions on the property and support the Trustees acquisition of the property for long-term stewardship. Visitors will be welcomed to enjoy this property forever.