Woodhaven Farm, Carlisle

Woodhaven Farm, Prospect Street. Photo by Stephen Gabler
Prospect Street. Photo by Stephen Gabler
Woodhaven Farm, Photo by Stephen Gabler
Photo by Stephen Gabler
Boardwalk at Woodhaven Farm. Photo by Stephen Gabler
Boardwalk at Woodhaven Farm. Photo by Stephen Gabler

 

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Thanks to the generosity of the Willow Tree Foundation and a number of individual donors, SVT and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) have successfully matched a $15,000 challenge grant for the Woodhaven Farm protection effort. Many thanks to the Foundation and our donors for supporting this project!

Though we have completed the conservation transaction, we are continuing to raise money to cover our costs on this complicated project. SVT and CCF must raise at least $410,000 to purchase and administer the CR. So far, we have raised over $380,000. Your tax-deductible donation will help close the gap! If you haven't already, please consider donating!


Download a PDF that describes the Woodhaven Farm Project and includes a map of the proposed CR.


 

Property Description

We did it!  On June 23 we closed on the purchase of the Woodhaven Farm conservation restriction. Our thanks go to Katharine Endicott and Leslie Thomas, whose vision and generosity made this possible, to our wonderful partners at the Carlisle Conservation Foundation, and to the many donors who pitched in to help us meet the CR purchase price. 

We continue to raise money to cover our costs and to establish a permanent stewardship endowment - please consider donating! Work will now begin to complete the trail and install signage. 

Woodhaven Farm, located at the end of Prospect Street, is the largest remaining unprotected parcel adjacent to Estabrook Woods in Carlisle. It consists of over 28 acres next to the Town’s Davis Corridor conservation area, which in turn connects to over 1500 acres of conserved land and public trails in Carlisle and Concord. Estabrook Woods, itself, is the largest, intact natural area within 30 miles of Boston.

Woodhaven Farm has been identified as important “Forest Core” habitat in the Commonwealth’s BioMap 2 Plan, which identifies natural areas whose protection are “essential to safeguard the diversity of species and their habitats, intact ecosystems, and resilient natural landscapes across Massachusetts.”  It is also ranked as a Priority 1 parcel for protection in Carlisle’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Why protect this land

If developed, Woodhaven Farm would support a minimum of four, very large estate lots, or up to ten typical residential subdivision lots. Under the CR, building is now limited to one single-family house and barn and some additional agricultural or educational structures within a defined envelope. The public can now enjoy Woodhaven Farm, and expanded access to Estabrook Woods, via an approximately ½-mile long trail easement extending along the perimeter of the property.

How we will protect this land

Katharine Endicott & Leslie Thomas, owners of neighboring Sweet Autumn Farm, have been working closely with SVT and CCF since last summer to develop a protection plan for Woodhaven Farm. They have wold a Conservation Restriction, jointly held by SVT and CCF, for a small fraction of the property’s appraised value.

SVT and CCF are continuing their campaign to raise funds to cover the bargain purchase price of $350,000 and for other transaction costs and to establish a permanent stewardship endowment. An $85,000 state Conservation Partnership grant that was awarded in December required a closing by June 2016. Please consider a contribution to protect another piece of Estabrook Woods, and to support sustainable, local agriculture!

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