Recent Land Preservation Projects

Grassy Pond West  (10.9 Acres along Grassy Pond and Newtown Road))

Purchased with a combination of Community Preservation Funds and donations from private citizens.  This spectacular property comprises nearly 25% of the shoreline of Grassy Pond, one of Acton’s gems and preserves the last remaining undeveloped property on the pond.  It   To walk the boardwalks and trails in the area and then emerge onto the pond is an inspiring experience any time of year.  We now have the opportunity to preserve the last remaining shoreline of this ecologically rich area.  In addition, this acquisition creates a wildlife corridor and a trail for passive recreation from the Bulette Land near Route 2 to the Nagog Hill Conservation Land.     The preserved land includes the white pine stand at the left of the photo and runs all the way to the vantage point of the photo.

The Central Street Land (12 Acres abutting Mt. Hope Cemetery)

Purchased with a combination of Community Preservation Funds, donations from private citizens and a gift from ACT, this property completes a significant green belt on the Heath Hen Meadow Brook extending from the Dunn Land at the Stow line (see below) through the Whitcomb Land owned by ACT up to this property on Central Street in West Acton.  It comprises significant wetlands and a large upland portion behind Mt. Hope Cemetery.  With this acquisition, the extensive trails in the area can be extended and give greater access to this most diverse area. 

The Dunn Land (6.5 Acres in Acton and 24 Acres in Stow)

This property, which spans the Acton – Stow line completes a significant protected land corridor, and will give the public access to a spectacular area adjacent to the Heath Hen Meadow Brook and the Heath Hen Meadow conservation area.   It will also give connections to the Captain Sargent conservation area in Stow. 
As stated in the Special Town Meeting Warrant:   These purchases  create a key link between the 100 acre Heath Hen Meadow conservation land in South Acton and the 154 acre Captain Sargent conservation land in Stow.  It also provides key access to the Whitcomb Land, which is owned by ACT.

The Dunn Land in Winter near the Border with Captain Sargent Land in Stow and by the Heath Hen Meadow Brook

Wright Hill (14 Acres) West Acton

Originally known as Mead Farm, this extraordinary property is one of the highest point in Acton.  In an outstanding example of Neighborhood Advocacy, the neighbors formed the "Wright Hill Association" to purchase the property with the goal of conserving the open space.  Working with ACT, and the Town Open Space Committee, a proposal was made to sell the land to the Town using Community Preservation /Funds. This proposal was accepted and the resulting Town Meeting article passed unanimously in April 2014. 

The Anderson Land (20 Acres) on Newtown and Arlington Roads

ACT initiated this project to preserve a significant parcel adjacent to the Bulette  Conservation area. This project was financed by the Community Preservation Fund.

The Caouette Simeone Farmland in (8.5 Acres)  South Acton

ACT initiated this project and provided partial funding for the purchase by the Town via the Community Preservation Fund.  ACT now joinlty holds and monitors a conservation restriction on this propery along with the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT). 

The Gaebel land (5 Acres)  at Great Hill Conservation Area

ACT initiated this project and worked with the Acton Community  Preservation Committee (CPC) for funding.  We now hold and monitor a conservation restriction on this property.

Near the northern border where the Gaebel Land intersects with existing Great Hill trails

The Donald land (11Acres) at the Acton Arboretum

ACT co-holds  and Monitors (with the Sudbury Valey Trustees)  a Permanent Conservation Easement on this Land, which is now owned by the Town of Acton and incorporated into the Acton Arboretum


The Whitcomb land (16 Acres) at Heath Hen Meadow Brook

ACT purchased this 16 acre parcel as part of an effort to connect the Heath Hen Meadow Brook and Flagg Hill Conservation Areas.  It now connects with the Dunn Land, which straddles the Acton - Stow border.

The Kingman Pasture (6.5 Acres), on Esterbrook Road

ACT holds and monitors a permanent conservation easement on this open pasture land.


The Groener land (12 Acres) by the Nagog Conservation Area

ACT Initiated this project and worked with CPC for Funding, holds and  monitors a permanent conservation easement.

                                  One of Many Intriguing Stone Piles on the Groener Land


The Department of Correction Farmlands on Route 2 (107 Acres in Acton)

ACT worked with the Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Concord Conservation Land Trust to secure Commonwealth open-space protection for these lands along Route 2.   The portion of land in Acton is shown in the yellow cross hatching.
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