Update November 10, 2022: The Town of Berlin has purchased Horseshoe Pond! These beautiful 100 acres on the northeast face of Mount Pisgah are now conserved for the benefit of future generations.
Located at the intersection of Linden Street and Lyman Road, Horseshoe Pond (formerly known as McGrail Farm) was the largest remaining piece of unprotected land on Mount Pisgah.
In September, SVT temporarily purchased the property until the Town could secure grants to take ownership and create a public conservation area. The Town recently received $874,268 in funds from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program and purchased the land from us. Soon, SVT will hold a conservation restriction over the property to ensure its ecological values are permanently protected.
This was a rare opportunity to save an expanse of land in an environmentally important area that supports critical wetlands, an extensive wildlife corridor, and passive recreation. Many outdoor enthusiasts have been hiking this land and its dramatic topography for years; conserving this land will protect that right in perpetuity.
- Location: Mount Pisgah, Berlin
- Size: 100.23 acres
- Land Type: Wetlands and Forested Uplands
- Goal: Conservation Restriction (CR)
- Project Partner: Town of Berlin