Help Us Close a Gap in the Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area in Upton
MLT is collaborating with Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and the Town of Upton to conserve the Kelly Property, which consists of four parcels (66 acres) of land that sits within Upton’s Peppercorn Hill Conservation Area. This ecologically important land hosts mature forests, rocky outcrops, cool water tributary streams of the Mill River, a vernal pool, and an unusual sedge-dominated wetland.
MLT, SVT, and the Town want to conserve this land to protect its ecological features and close a gap in the Conservation Area.
We also want to guarantee that the public can always enjoy the entire trail network at Peppercorn Hill, which provides connections to adjacent conservation lands in Upton, Hopkinton, and Milford, including the Rockwood Meadows Open Space. About 1 mile of trail crosses the Kelly Property and includes a scenic overlook with a stunning view to the west. Many people who hike this trail probably don’t realize they are crossing private land.
MLT is raising funds to purchase the largest (23 acres) of the four Kelly parcels. We are eligible to receive a grant from the Commonwealth for a portion of the cost but now must raise the remainder of the purchase price and to cover transaction costs.
The Town of Upton plans to buy the other three parcels with Community Preservation Act funds after town voters approved the use of these funds during a November 2020 Special Town Meeting.
SVT is assisting with fundraising for the MLT purchase and will hold a conservation restriction over all four parcels if the project succeeds.
We need your help! Please learn more and donate to this project: www.svtweb.org/kelly
Interested in learning more?
We invite you to join us on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. for an online meeting where we will discuss the Kelly project in greater detail. Our guest speaker will be Ted Elliman, a noted New England botanist, who will describe the local plant communities and explain why they are important to protect.