Elizabeth Brook Knoll

Photo by Rita Gibes Grossman
Photo by Rita Gibes Grossman
Photo by Simon Bunyard

On March 22, Boxborough Conservation Trust (BCTrust), with the assistance of Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Boxborough Conservation Commission, acquired Elizabeth Brook Knoll, a 15-acre wooded property on the Boxborough-Harvard line that features rock outcroppings and provides superb habitat for threatened species of turtles and salamanders.  SVT and the Boxborough Conservation Commission hold a conservation restriction on the property.

Elizabeth Brook Knoll is adjacent to Horse Meadows Knoll, a 47-acre property on the Harvard-Boxborough line conserved in a 2018 collaboration between Harvard Conservation Trust and SVT. Elizabeth Brook Knoll and Horse Meadows Knoll sit at the southern edge of the “High Ridge.” This 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water. BCTrust, Harvard Conservation Trust, Littleton Conservation Trust, and SVT are working together to protect these resources before they succumb to development pressure.

In order to fund the acquisition, BCTrust secured an $84,000 state Conservation Partnership grant that put a big dent in the $189,000 project cost. The remainder of the funds needed came from SVT, the Boxborough Conservation Commission, the Fields Pond Foundation, and many individual donors. Thank you to all who supported this important effort!  

Why protect this land

Elizabeth Brook Knoll and Horse Meadows Knoll sit at the southern edge of what we call the “High Ridge.” This 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water.

SVT and other conservation groups are working to protect these resources before they succumb to development pressure.

The conservation of Horse Meadows Knoll, the Smith Property at the north end of the High Ridge, and now Elizabeth Brook Knoll, are important pieces of the effort to protect this sensitive area.

Now that the land is protected, we will be able to create trails that link to those on the adjacent Horse Meadows Knoll. 

PDF icon Map of Elizabeth Brook Knoll Project Area