The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 17, 2003


Kennelly Farm in Billerica adds 52 acres to Great Meadows

On Tuesday, Congressman Marty Meehan joined local officials, representatives of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Trust for Public Land to celebrate the permanent protection of the 58-acre Kennelly property, located off Treble Cove Road in Billerica. The event, which was attended by a number of Carlisle officials, was acquired last summer after Congress allocated $2.6 million in funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the project.

Fifty-two acres of the land have been added to the 4,700-acre unit of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, stretching along the Concord River in Carlisle and Concord. The remaining six acres were retained by the landowner, Charlie Kennelly, but are now protected from development by an Agricultural Preservation Restriction held by the Town of Billerica.

The farm abuts the Carlisle town line in the northeast corner between North Road and East Street. The parcel is not contiguous with Great Meadows, but lies near the Greenough conservation lands, which create a non-contiguous link.

The Kennelly property consists mostly of grasslands, which provide essential breeding habitat for several declining species of migratory birds, such as Savannah Sparrow, Bobolink and Meadowlark, as well as for Cooper's hawk, Red-tail hawk, Kestrel and Great-horned owl. Protection of the parcel located within the Concord River watershed will also help to safeguard water quality of the river, Billerica's sole source of drinkng water.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito