Whitney Field CR and Kennedy-Bowers CR, Stow
The Whitney Field and Kennedy-Bowers conservation restrictions (CRs) contains two fields, a small upland forest, and Heath Hen Meadow Brook and its surrounding wetlands. The land provides a naturally vegetated watershed with substantial frontage on Heath Hen Meadow Brook, a tributary to Fort Pond Brook and the Assabet River.
A portion of this land is within the Town of Stow designated Floodplain and Wetlands Protection district and is adjacent to Town of Stow conservation land.
Along with the Stow Conservation Trust, SVT co-holds the CRs on these lands, which ensure they will never be developed.
- The two fields on the Whitney Field CR vary greatly in vegetation: One is “maintained” by grazing horses. The other is filled with native grasses and wildflowers, including wild strawberry, Queen Anne’s lace, wood sorrel, sensitive fern, and goldenrod.
- Be alert for the ever-present poison ivy.
- Trails through the Whitney Field CR connect the Town of Stow’s Flagg Hill to its Captain Sargent Farm and Shepherd Woodlands. The area also has extensive trails on protected lands owned and maintained by the towns of Acton, Boxborough, and Stow.
- Enjoy the beautiful open views of Heath Hen Meadow Brook and its wetlands as the trail crosses over the water. The heath hen was a once-abundant relative of the prairie chicken that became extinct in the early 1900s.
- Beavers have been active on the brook, leading to flooding of some large areas. Expect mud in wet seasons.
- Much of the land in this area has been identified by The Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) as habitat for rare, vulnerable, or uncommon species.
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From the intersection of Route 111 (Massachusetts Avenue) and Central Street in Acton, take Central Street south. Go 0.2 mile. Bear right onto Willow Street. Go 1.7 miles. The street name changes to West Acton Road at the town line. Parking is on the right in the Flagg Hill Conservation Area parking lot. Trail access is across the street.