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Saving Special Places

Saving Special Places

The Trustees cares for 118 special places—nearly 27,000 acres all across Massachusetts are open for public use and enjoyment through our important work. We are your partner in protecting the places that people love: for 128 years, we have been saving the most exceptional landscapes the Commonwealth has to offer. We are pleased to report that several iconic properties are nearing permanent protection, and we are excited that with your continued support these special places will soon be open for everyone, forever.

Mary Cummings Park
Burlington & Woburn

Mary Cummings Park is the 10th largest park within Greater Boston and one of the last signi cant, unprotected open green spaces in Burlington. The park is owned by the City of Boston through a trust established by Mary P.C. Cummings—for whom the park was named—a Massachusetts resident who gave the land to the City in order to keep it open to the public. The only parcel of land zoned as open space in Burlington, the park provides outdoor recreational opportunities and important habitat for rare and native species with its mosaic of open meadows, wetlands, and woodlands.

The Trustees has been in negotiation with the City of Boston for several years to take on the management of the more than 200-acre park. A capital campaign for the property has been completed, thanks to generous donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations, and the award of a state grant. With funding in hand, a master plan—which was shaped through a series of public info sessions—is nearing completion and construction e orts will soon begin. New trails—including a universal access trail and the MilliporeSigma Science & Nature Trail—are planned, as is grassland habitat restoration and reestablishment of a pollinator meadow, removal of invasives, and creation of a new access gateway, picnic area, and community lawn space. Trustees is grateful for the support of the Towns of Burlington and Woburn, as well as the Friends of Mary Cummings Park, area residents, local recreational groups, and businesses. Look for updates on thetrustees. org as we anticipate the opening of the park as a new Trustees reservation in Spring 2020.

Jewel Hill (photo top)
Ashby, Ashburnham, & Fitchburg

The summit of Jewell Hill (1,411 feet) is the pinnacle of an idyllic and unprotected 300-acre agricultural property amidst an expansive protected landscape. Wooded trails lead to an overlook with sweeping views of the Farm and the more than 2,000 acres of surrounding protected land—on
a clear day, views extend to the Boston skyline 45 miles away—and are perfect for year-round recreation. The property also presents an important opportunity to protect watershed lands that serve the City of Fitchburg. This area of the state is steeped in a history of small family farms, and the Crocker family has kept Jewell Hill in agricultural production for 100 years. The Trustees is extremely grateful to the family, which has demonstrated their commitment to protecting this land’s open space values through a significant ‘bargain sale’ of the property. In order to help permanently protect properties like Jewell Hill, The Trustees received a generous bequest from the estate of Jamie Hudson—an avid skier, hiker, and biker, who served the organization as an active member of our Governance volunteers. Jamie passed away too soon several years ago from ALS. We are grateful to Jamie for his gift through the Semper Virens Society, and to the entire Hudson family.

We are also grateful for the support we’ve received from the Towns of Ashby and Ashburnham, and the City of Fitchburg; each municipality is pursuing state grant funding to help permanently protect Jewell Hill. State grant funding will allow Trustees to leverage private donations and help meet acquisition and reservation start-up costs.

For more information and to contribute to the protection of Jewell Hill and other future reservations, please visit

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