Chickatawbut Woods, Framingham
Update: April 27, 2021:
We have reached our fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who supported this project. We will continue to work with our partners in the City of Framingham to close on the purchase before the end of June.
Chickatawbut Woods is a 19-acre property located off Edmands Road in the northern part of Framingham. The land is owned by Impact Framingham, a nonprofit organization formerly known as the Framingham Civic League. It was given to the Civic League in 1963 and has been vacant since that time.
SVT and the City of Framingham are working to protect Chickatawbut Woods to ensure that the land remains in its natural state and continues to be accessible by the public. We have been in discussions to acquire and protect this property for more than a decade.
SVT has reached an agreement to purchase the property, and the City of Framingham has been awarded a LAND grant to help with the purchase price.
If our effort succeeds, the City of Framingham will hold a conservation restriction over the land to ensure it can never be developed. We will also maintain a hiking trail so the public can continue to enjoy the beauty of these woods.
This forested property includes a diversity of healthy plant life as well as some wetland areas, and it is listed in BioMap2 as providing Core Habitat for a Species of Conservation Concern in Massachusetts.
Chickatawbut Woods Project Map. Click >> to see the Map Legend; click + or - to zoom in or out. (Download a pdf of the project area.)
Why protect this land
Chickatawbut Woods sits in the Greater Callahan Area, which spans about 20-square miles in the region where Framingham, Marlborough, Southborough, and Sudbury intersect. This area has long been known for its beautiful landscapes, many of which have been protected as conservation land.
SVT has identified Chickatawbut Woods as a priority for protection because it represents an important link in well over 500 acres of directly conserved land, and thousands more protected acres in the immediate vicinity.
This 19-acre parcel directly links two pieces of City-owned conservation land, which in turn connect to Wittenborg Woods, the Nobscot Scout Reservation (300 acres of which is protected by a CR held by the Town of Sudbury and SVT), Sudbury’s Nobscot Conservation Area, and Callahan State Park. The easiest way to reach it is through the City's conservation land at the end of Mohawk Drive.
The wooded property also features healthy plant life, valuable wetlands, and important wildlife habitat.
How we will protect this land
SVT will purchase the property to prevent it from being developed. The City of Framingham will hold a conservation restriction over the land to ensure that its ecological features remain protected in perpetuity.
The land is currently traversed by some informal trails, which are accessible from conservation lands to the north and south. SVT will open them to the public for passive recreation such as hiking and bird watching.
SVT has an agreement to purchase the property from Impact Framingham (formerly known as the Framingham Civic League) for $175,000. Additional funds will be needed to cover transaction costs such as a survey and appraisals, so the overall project fundraising goal was $217,000. The City of Framingham was awarded $80,000 through a LAND (Local Areas for Natural Diversity) grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offset part of the purchase price, and SVT received $50,000 in grant funding from the William P. Wharton Trust and an anonymous foundation, and many donations from generous individuals.