Announcements

Vivian Bisbee Elected as new Trustee

posted Nov 15, 2017, 8:31 AM by Rick Gardner

Vivian Bisbee has been elected as a Trustee for the Land Trust. Vivian, a long time Princeton resident, will take over the treasurer responsibility from Ellen O'Brien who has served in that post for many years. 

PLT Annual Meeting: November 7th

posted Oct 25, 2017, 11:17 AM by Rick Gardner

Everyone is invited to our annual meeting on Tuesday night, November 7th at 7PM. The meeting will be held in the Coppertop Lounge at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Following light refreshments and a brief business meeting, Jonathan Thompson, Senior Ecologist at Harvard Forest will speak. His topic will be:

 

“Wildlands & Woodlands:

Conservation Vision for New England Forests”

Three PLT Trails Now Blazed for Hiking

posted Oct 25, 2017, 11:13 AM by Rick Gardner

The three central Princeton PLT trails have been marked with blue dots, so that they may be followed with more confidence. These trails are located as follows:

·         Peabody/Metcalf/Poor properties: Park off Sterling Road just east of Merriam Road near the Princeton Land Trust. Parking for four or five cars. One mile loop down to a large isolated beaver pond.
·       Gregory Property: Park along Prospect Street, near the sign for the Gregory Trail. The loop is short but includes a spur that goes down to the Gregory Spring. We plan to connect this to East Princeton Road soon.
·         Bullock/McElroy properties: Park off Bullock Road in the field on the left (there is a break in the wall. Walk down through the first field to the right, then to the kiosk. From there the trail loops, left and right of the Kiosk, down to Krashes Field. From Krashes Field, you can also find the trail by walking up to the upper (right) soccer field and finding the marked trail in the back corner of the field.

You can read up on the properties and trails on our brochure:

2017 Full Moon Hike

posted Jan 22, 2017, 9:06 AM by Rick Gardner

Please join us for a Full Moon Hike on Friday February 10th. We will meet at the Wachusett Meadow parking lot at 6:30 and walk down to the Fieldstone Farm hay fields via the new woods trail. The Penumbral eclipse will be in process during the walk. Please bring a headlamp and appropriate footwear!!


New Trustees and New Property at PLT Annual Meeting

posted Nov 26, 2016, 11:03 AM by Rick Gardner

At our November 16th annual meeting, Princeton Land Trust added two new trustees: Dix Davis and Brian Foley. 

Wells Dow, an original PLT trustee is leaving the board as he moves out of Princeton. Another long time trustee, Bob Warren, passed away earlier this year. Both Wells and Bob were saluted for their many years of service.

Also, Brian Keevan announced the addition of a new 2 acre land parcel at the corner of Merriam and East Princeton Roads. This land will a allow us to connect through the Gregory property to Princeton Center. This point is now easily accessed from the Peabody/Metcalf property and the Burdick and McElroy Properties (which also connect via trails to Krashes field).  

2016 Annual PLT Meeting November 26

posted Nov 3, 2016, 10:59 AM by Rick Gardner

The Princeton Land Trust will hold it's annual meeting at 7PM on November 16th in the Coppertop Lounge at Mt Wachusett Ski Area.

The meeting will recap PLT activity over the past year, and Lois Breault Melican of the Massachusetts Chestnut Foundation will be a featured speaker, with a talk entitled "Restoration of the American Chestnut".

The public is welcome. 

MILESTONE ACHIEVED IN PROTECTION OF FIELDSTONE FARM IN PRINCETON

posted Jun 25, 2016, 4:17 AM by Rick Gardner   [ updated Jun 25, 2016, 4:18 AM ]

Mass Audubon, Princeton Land Trust, Town, and Partners Team Up to Protect Iconic Property

 

 

PRINCETON—Mass Audubon and the Princeton Land Trust, in collaboration with the Town of Princeton, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the City of Worcester, today permanently protected more than 170 acres of Fieldstone Farm, a beautiful and historic community gem that features working fields and stone walls, woodlands and wetlands. Another 60 acres – the agricultural core of the farm – was acquired for future protection and conveyance to a local farmer.

 

The land will be used for recreation, conservation and agricultural purposes. The $2.84 million purchase price was met, thanks to financial support from state appropriations and grants, town funding, and more than $700,000 in private donations from individuals and foundations.  Although fundraising is still required, the Princeton Land Trust and Mass Audubon proceeded with the purchase in expectation that this crucial land conservation project will continue to attract needed financial support.

 

“Now that we have actually closed on the property, donors can be assured that this deal is secure. We are very grateful for donations made to date, but definitely need additional contributions,” stated Tom Sullivan, President of the Princeton Land Trust.

 

Success required multiple partners and strategies. The largest part of the property, 134 acres of forest and wetlands, will be owned by the Town of Princeton Conservation Commission and will be open to the public for conservation and recreational activities. Trails will be developed and the Conservation Commission is in the process of finalizing a management plan for the land. The property is permanently protected by a conservation restriction purchased by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Worcester, which was eager to protect an important part of its Quinapoxet Reservoir public water supply watershed.


“We want to thank our partners – the town, DCR, and the city of Worcester – without whom this would never have happened. We are also so grateful to our State Representative Kim Ferguson and State Senator Harriette Chandler, as well as Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton, for all their support on this project,” added Deb Cary, director of Mass Audubon’s Central Massachusetts wildlife sanctuaries. “The state funding provided for this project is key.”

 

Sixty acres of farm fields will eventually be sold to Princeton-based Hubbard’s Farm once permanent restrictions are placed on the land. Mass Audubon hopes to sell the restrictions through the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program, and is working with the program and private funders to complete the project. A trail will allow hikers to cross through the farm between the town-owned parcel and Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary to the north.

 

On the north side of Route 62 an additional 38 acres of woodland will be owned and managed by the Princeton Land Trust and Mass Audubon and open to the public. The town of Princeton, with help from a Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity grant from the state, purchased a conservation restriction on this land to contribute to the property’s protection.

 

The purchase did not include the farmhouse, which will be transferred to a private buyer at a later date. Three additional parcels totaling 20 acres have been designated for sale to provide the town with a balance of housing and conservation. One of the parcels is now under agreement and two homes are planned for the site.

 

Fieldstone Farm had been owned since 1944 by the Smith family, who operated it first as a dairy farm and later raised pigs. In recent years the fields were cut for hay by a local farmer. The farm has been in continuous production since the 18th century and has long been the town’s top open space protection priority.

 

Mass Audubon and the Princeton Land Trust continue to seek funding to complete this groundbreaking project. Visitwww.savefieldstonefarm.org to learn more

Trustees Improve Parking Area near Peabody/Metcalf property

posted Apr 3, 2016, 4:15 AM by Rick Gardner   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 3:54 PM ]

PLT Trustees recently improved the parking area to be used for hiking in the Peabody/Metcalf properties.

These trails are a hidden gem in the center of Princeton! All well-marked trails and pretty views. You can park by the Princeton Land Trust sign on the way up Rte 62, just before Merriam Rd. and hike in. From Sterling, the PLT sign can be seen on the left off Rte 62 when approaching Merriam Rd. From the center of Princeton, follow Rte 62 just past Merriam Rd and the parking area is on the right.

At about the half mile mark a smaller trail goes off to the right into PLT land donated by the Poor family (marked by orange flags). This trail loops down past a stone monument. At the bottom of the hill, a strong unmarked trail veers to the right and back to the open Hall fields, while the main trail loops back around by a nice open marsh.

Trails lead down to the marsh, or you can return up the hill and back to the main trail to the parking area.

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