The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 14, 2005


Lovejoy family completes plan to protect 63 acres

Attorney Ray Lyons, representing the New England Forestry Foundation, appeared before the Carlisle Board of Selectmen on December 15 to complete Phase III of the announced plan of the Reverend Janet Lovejoy and her family to place a total of 63 acres of predominantly forested upland under permanent conservation restriction (CR). The land is located between West Street and Heald Road and Phase III adds a final nine acres to the parcel, which was ranked high in conservation value in the town's January 2000 Open Space and Recreation Plan. In particular, the land lies along a wildlife corridor stretching from conservation lands in Acton to the state park in northern Carlisle.

The conservation restriction saved the 63-acre property from a potential subdivision of 20 lots and preserves what some have called "absolutely magnificent" forest land. The New England Forestry Foundation is a nationally recognized environmental nonprofit organization that has managed the wooded land since 1972, and will continue to do so under the terms of the CR.

The Selectmen wasted no time in approving the conservation restriction by a vote of 5-0, and then voted enthusiastically again to thank Lovejoy for her generosity in helping to preserve Carlisle's open space.

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