Saturday, October 17, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Special Town Meeting will be held outdoors at Alumni Field at 10am on 10/18/2020.
Of special interest is the article seeking a vote to purchase Browns’ Woods.
On September 15, the State announced the latest round of Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grants, including a large $763,000 award to the Town of Littleton for land purchase and invasive species control on a 23.67-acre wooded property on the southern end of Long Lake (a.k.a. Long Pond). Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and Littleton Conservation Trust (LCT) are working with the Town of Littleton on acquisition of the property at 119 Tahattawan Road, known as Browns’ Woods. It serves as an important open space link between NEFF’s Prouty Woods conservation land and the Littleton Town Forest. Additionally, it plays a major role in protecting the headwaters feeding into Long Lake, preventing pollution, sedimentation, and flooding. That helps protect the town’s previous investments ensuring Long Lake water quality.
On October 18th, Littleton Special Town Meeting (STM) will vote on the allocation of up to $480,000 from the dedicated Community Preservation funds to meet the $1,200,000 land purchase price. SVT will hold a conservation easement (CR) on the property. SVT and LCT will assist with outreach and additional fundraising to cover the additional cost to manage the land as required by the CR. This is only the third time, that a MVP Action Grant was awarded for funding a municipal land acquisition project supported with land trust assistance. Littleton has been fortunate to receive a significantly large state grant to help acquire the Browns’ Woods property.