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How We Protect Land

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The GLT has taken a leadership role in defining new options and new resources for our town. Here are some examples.

  • The GLT brought together five town boards and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in a partnership to preserve the 100-acre Hennessy Farm through an innovative limited development plan.
  • The GLT stepped forward to acquire a 89-acre parcel on Potter Hill that was slated for development.
  • The GLT brought in a national organization, Trust for Public Land, to partner on the $2.1 million acquisition of Hassanamesitt Woods on Keith Hill.
  • The GLT funded an initial study that helped make possible a 50-acre acquisition by the town on East Street.
  • The GLT worked with local developer to protect significant conservation land in connection with cluster developments.
  • The GLT received a gift of a 13-acre parcel along the Blackstone River and Canal near Depot Street, and has supported efforts to bring more of the Blackstone River floodplain into permanent conservation.
  • The GLT helped a local landowner create a permanent conservation restriction on a large parcel land that adjoins other GLT properties. Not only is the land protected forever, but public access on the trails is also guaranteed.
  • The GLT accepted a gift of a 32-acre parcel adjacent to its Parker and Salisbury Preserves from the developer of a limited-development project and named it the Roger Hohman Sanctuery, in honor of one of Grafton's most dedicated citizens and director of the GLT. The GLT also accepted a gift of a 94-acre parcel adjacent to its Knowlton Preserve and Potter Hill Meadows, also from the developer of a limited-development project.

The GLT's guidelines for determining its role in protecting land