Sandro Didonato via Crowdrise
April 02, 2015
BENEFITING: The Trust For Public Land
EVENT DATE: Jun 30, 2015
Please help us save this natural wildlife sanctuary for all in the community to enjoy! Over 100 years ago, one of the founding families of southeastern Massachusetts, the Plimptons, established a homestead farm in Sturbridge, MA. This 320-acre farm sustained the family for over three generations and many historic features remain today- long scenic stone walls, a stone homestead foundation, and the old stone well. The Hamilton Sportsmans Club is helping to raise the funds to Save the Plimpton Community Forest to ensure this scenic land and natural gem is protected forever. We have the one-time opportunity and until June 30, 2015 to save the land from potential development or commercial use and instead preserve it in its natural state for everyone.
The Plimpton Community Forest contains over 200 acres of critical habitat for rare and endangered wildlife and is also home to pheasant, turkey, deer and bear and an occasional moose. Its protection will create access to over 2,700 acres of open space and with over 2 miles of trails, the land is an excellent resource for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, maple syrup harvesting, some bird hunting in remote areas. It is also the source of a natural acquifier. Saving the property from development ensures clean water, healthy forests, and a place to experience nature forever!
The Trust for Public Land has an agreement with the landowner to acquire the 320-acre Plimpton Community Forest for $1,750,000. Working in partnership with the Town of Sturbridge, the Commonwealth of MA, the US Forest Service, and Opacum Land Trust, we have raised $820,000 in state, federal, and private grants and we anticipate an additional $678,000 in existing conservation funds from the Town of Sturbridge, voted at its upcoming Town Meeting which may or may not pass.
All funds will be used for the purpose of securing this property only and will only be accepted through the Trust for Public Lands.
PLEASE HELP, we still have a funding gap! I am starting this drive off by committing to a $1000 donation myself. The Hamilton Sportsmans club will match our funds if we reach our goal of $10,000. If you would like to send a check payment, please address to The Trust for Public Land, with Save Plimpton Community Forest in the note to:
The Trust for Public Land
C/O Darci Schofield
10 Milk Street, Suite 810
Boston, MA 02108
Otherwise, please select an amount from the donation page and help us out! If you have questions or want to verify this effort please contact Darci Schofield at (617) 371-0514 or Darci.Schofield@tpl.org
Sandro DiDonato, Hamilton Sportsmans Club