Wayside Forest Is Protected!
Thanks to the generosity of George and DD Harrington, and to the generosity of the individuals and foundations who donated to the project, SVT and the City of Framingham have permanently protected the 52-acre Wayside Forest. Located off Wayside Inn Road in Framingham, and sitting next to SVT's Henry's Hill Reservation, Wayside Forest will be forever protected as wildlife habitat and as a place for public recreation.
We reached the agreement to protect the land in late June. The Harringtons donated a 25-acre parcel to SVT and sold us a second, 27-acre parcel. SVT sold a conservation restriction on the land to the City. The City's portion of the cost was covered by a $217,600 state LAND (Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity) grant.
There has been great urgency surrounding this project since March, when the Commonwealth announced it would award the LAND grant, but only if we closed on the deal by June 30. We scrambled to raise the purchase price by the deadline, and thanks to many generous donors and foundations, we succeeded. Thank you to everyone who supported this project!
We are delighted to add this new piece of conservation land to an already beautiful landscape in northwest Framingham, but our work is not quite done. SVT must still raise approximately $15,000 to cover the expenses incurred in taking on this complicated transaction, and to ensure that we'll be able to complete the parking, trails, and signage on the property.