Metacomet Land Trust PO Box 231 Franklin, MA 02038

Metacomet Land Trust

Protected Lands


Metacomet Service Area 1-02-18Metacomet Land Trust owns 430 acres of Conservation Land and holds conservation restrictions on 343 acres. We also co-own 20 acres in Sutton with the MA DCR and own 7 affordable housing lots in Franklin.

Properties conserved by Metacomet are located in Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Mendon, Milbury, Norfolk, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, and Wrentham.

Conservation Land


  • Hop Brook Preserve (The Daniels Farm), Mendon Street: The land trust retains ownership of the 130 acres of woodland for open space and trails originally donated by Doris Daniels King in 1998. In June 2007, we conveyed a permanent conservation restriction on approximately 127 acres to the Mass Department of Fish and Game. The CR allows for future construction of an educational center and office.


  • Reid Memorial Conservation Area on Daniels Road (14.5 acres).
  • Dawn Marie Circle (10.5 acres).
  • Franklin Woods off Lincoln Street (41.8 acres).
  • Coronation Drive; outdoor classroom used by Kennedy Elementary School and Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Dedicated to Alfred S. Ferguson in May 2000 (1.75 acres).

Sutton and Milbury

  • Chase Road (126.9 acres).


  • Central Turnpike, 3.2 acres.
  • Putnam Hill Road, 6.5 acres donated by James and Marina Gvazdauskas, January 2001.
  • Manchaug Road, 9 acres donated by Otco, Inc., November, 2001.
  • Manchaug Road, 6 acres donated by John & Donna Couture, December 2002.
  • Lake Manchaug Overlook, 9.3 acres donated by Gretchen Richards and Robert Ferragamo, December, 2010.
  • One-half interest in land off Putnam Hill Road in Sutton consisting of 6 acres donated by Robert Nunnemacher, 2014.
  • One-half interest in land off Mendon Road in Sutton consisting of 14 acres donated by Marie Linder, 2014.
  • Stevens Pond, 38.9 acres donated by the Sutton Development Trust, 2017 .   


  • Ruguleiski Woods,  26 acres donated by the Ruguleiski family, August, 2016.
  •  3 acre parcel in Upton and Milford on Mill Brook donated in 2018 by Jodi Naze and her husband.  

Conservation Restrictions

MLT holds 7 conservation restrictions on privately owned land and 4 on town owned land. CR’s on town or non-profit owned land include:     


  • 11.7 acres on Charles River, off Plymouth Road: owned by the Bellingham Conservation Commission.


  • 97 acres, Meadow Brook Uplands, owned by Town of Mendon
  • 26.2 acres, Muddy Brook South, owned by Town of Mendon
  • 24.2 acres, Muddy Brook North, owned by Town of Mendon


  • 4.7 acres, owned by Mass Audubon

Afforable Housing Lots

  • Seven house lots in Franklin owned by Metacomet Land Trust and leased to owners of affordable homes on each parcel, total acreage 4.8 acres

Recent Successes