Mount Pisgah Conservation Area, Berlin and Northborough
Boylston, Berlin, and Northborough
The Mt. Pisgah complex of lands is a region including parts of Boylston, Berlin, Bolton, and Northborough. The land is wild, rural, and quiet, with few roads through the surrounding area. Along with an extensive trail system, several beautiful vistas provide looks at the surrounding landscape.
The Linden Street access point offers sweeping views across the hay fields to the rising woodlands of Mt. Pisgah. Along the trails, a brook tumbles down the ridge, giving the impression of places farther north. The Mt. Pisgah area comprises four pieces of conservation land; the two central properties are managed by the conservation commissions in the towns of Berlin and Northborough. To the south is Mass Dept. of Fish & Game property, and to the north is the Devine Conservation Restriction (CR), privately owned property, with a CR retained by SVT and the Town of Berlin. Part of the Berlin town land as well as the entire Devine CR had been in the Devine family for generations and was operated as a farm. The owners needed to sell, and commissioned an appraisal which was based on a subdivision of five lots, with possible further development. SVT was able to put together a conservation deal between SVT, the town of Berlin, and a private buyer to protect this property. The Devine family generously agreed to a bargain price, and the private buyer agreed to purchase 35 acres, subject to a conservation restriction. The town of Berlin, working through SVT, purchased the remaining 48 acres, including co-holdership of the CR, and a parking area/trail easement to access the rear of the property. The project was completed in December, 2004.