Land conservation grants totaling $3.5 million were announced today by Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles will help nine Massachusetts municipalities purchase 1,150 acres of land to protect farms, wetlands, forests, and wildlife habitat.
The 10 Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) grants will fund land conservation projects in Attleboro, Fairhaven, Gardner, Grafton, Mashpee, Northampton, Sudbury, Westminster, and Worcester.
“This program helps communities throughout the Bay State preserve forests, fields, riverbanks, farms, and wildlife habitat that contribute daily to the quality of life here,” Secretary Bowles said. “The grants announced today demonstrate what can be accomplished when the Commonwealth partners with cities and towns to safeguard significant natural resources.”
Sudbury received $500,000 for the Nobscot Scout Reservation: $500,000. The 303-acre reservation in Sudbury and Framingham is one of the last large unprotected pieces of open space in the Metropolitan Boston area. Since 1928, the wooded parcel has been a Boy Scout camp and provided a place for outdoor recreation for the public. The parcel includes vernal pools, wetlands, headwater streams, and unfragmented forests, and is home to endangered species. The property connects to both Callahan State Park and Sudbury