Town of Dover (MA) Acquires New Conservation Land

Dover, MA: Today, the Town of Dover announced the acquisition by the Dover Conservation Commission of 26 acres located behind the west side Centre Street and between the cross streets of Hunt Drive and Pine Street. The land was donated to the Town by the Massachusetts office of the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit conservation organization, and will be permanently protected as an open space preserve.

The property lies adjacent to more than 350 acres of conservation land that has been assembled and protected over time by the Town of Dover, the Dover Conservation Commission, and the Dover Land Conservation Trust. This corridor of open space also connects to a number of properties protected by conservation easements, as well as wetlands owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the National Valley Storage Program.

“As part of a larger greenway, this new acquisition will help protect wildlife habitat and maintain traditional local access to trails for horseback riding, hiking, cross-country skiing, and other passive recreational uses,” remarked Dover Selectman Doug Scott. “The Town is grateful to the Trust for Public Land for helping to bring the land into permanent conservation ownership.”

“We are thrilled to announce this addition to the Centre Street open space corridor,” said Beedee Ladd, co-chair of the Dover Open Space Committee. “Because of the generosity of many of Dover’s landowners over time, a great deal of land has been protected in this area, and it continues to be one of the top conservation priorities of the Open Space Committee.”

“We are delighted to be working with the Town of Dover to protect the region’s natural heritage and open space resources, ” added Whitney Hatch, New England regional director of the Trust for Public Land. “Now this land will be protected forever for current and future generations of Dover residents to enjoy.”