Protecting the Plant Communities at Kelly Property


On March 23, SVT’s Meredith Houghton hosted an online meeting about the effort to protect the Kelly Property in Upton. The event included a presentation from noted botanist Ted Elliman, who described the local plant communities and explained why they are important to protect. A recording of the event is available online.

SVT is joining with Metacomet Land Trust and the Town of Upton to permanently protect the Kelly Property and combine it with the popular Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area. The property hosts mature forests, wetlands, a vernal pool, and impressive rocky outcrops. In addition, about 1 mile of the Peppercorn Hill trail network crosses this land.

We want to protect the ecological features, close a gap in the Conservation Area, and ensure the public always has access to the entire trail network. SVT is raising funds to help MLT purchase part of the land.

Our deadline is June 30, and we are still $20,000 short of our fundraising goal.  Learn more.