The trails on this land, which is still privately owned, connect to trails on SVT’s Baiting Brook-Welch and Henry’s Hill and Wayside Forest Reservations, the Boroughs Loop Trail, Callahan State Park, and the City of Framingham’s Wittenborg Woods.
Baiting Brook Meadow Farm spans 88 acres off Nixon Road in Framingham. SVT worked with the state and private landowners to protect Baiting Brook Meadow Farm and augment the mix of forest, open field, and water resources that makes northwest Framingham a good place for wildlife. SVT holds a conservation restriction (CR) on the land, limiting its development.
Please note: Baiting Brook Meadow Farm is privately owned. Please respect posted rules, follow the signs, and stay on marked trails.
- The owners of the property manage the woodland in a way that yields benefits to wildlife while providing income for themselves.
These extensive woodlands provide habitat for forest interior birds such as the scarlet tanager, red-eyed vireo, eastern wood pewee, and wood thrush. Larger mammals like fox, coyote, fisher, and mink call the area home as well.
Open fields provide increasingly rare wildlife habitat while also providing pastureland and room for crops.
For many years, Christmas trees were the “crops” raised at Baiting Brook Meadow Farm.
Much of the soils are classified with agricultural importance. The eastern half of the property is almost entirely designated as “prime farmland,” meaning it has the best combination of physical and chemical characteristics for producing food, feed, forage, fiber, and oilseed crops.
- Callahan State Park includes some 100 acres of open field, with 70 of those acres under agricultural leases. Other portions are simply mowed annually, like the field that rises from the eastern shore of Beebe Pond and climbs the lower slopes of Gibbs Mountain, a lovely spot at any time of year and exciting if you’re on skis!