Norcross Hill celebration Oct. 9

Published: 10/8/2019 4:00:12 PM
Modified: 10/8/2019 4:00:07 PM

TEMPLETON — The public is invited to join MassWildlife and other partners to celebrate the new Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. 

Attendees are asked to meet at 100 Norcross Hill Road off Route 68 in Templeton at 10 a.m.

The Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) contains 465 acres of land previously owned by the Walter E. Fernald Corporation. WMAs are open to the public. Visitors can enjoy the woodlands and wetlands as well as nearly a mile of frontage along Norcross Hill Brook and Beaver Brook. 

The variety of habitat within this property supports both game and non-game wildlife species. White-tailed deer, bear, waterfowl, and turkey can be found in the woods and fields. American bitterns and eastern whip-poor-wills — both protected by the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act — have also been observed in the area. In addition, the grasslands within the property are important for the conservation of bobolinks in New England.

This property, which was previously closed to hunting, provides new access for Massachusetts sportsmen and women. This acquisition also has significance on a regional scale. The Norcross WMA is now part of an assemblage of over 2,200 continuous acres of protected lands from Otter River State Forest to the Templeton State Forest. MassWildlife worked with the North County Land Trust and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to acquire the property. The partnership received a Landscape Partnership Program Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The Norcross Hill WMA is jus tone of more than 40 land acquisition projects completed by MassWildlife in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (July 2018-June 2019). In FY 19, MassWildlife protected over 2,420 acres for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy!

MRWC participated at the Royalston South Village's Fall Fair this past weekend, represented by board of directors member Jo-Anne Burdin. In addition to sharing Millers River Blue Trail guides and her home-made baked goods, Burdin accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from the Royalston South Village Revitalization Committee "For outstanding years of service in restoring the health of the Millers River and the surrounding waterways in this region."

"I was very proud and humbled to accept the certificate on behalf of the Watershed Council," she said. 

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