In 1999, the Town of Framingham, with funding and assistance from SVT and the State Department of Environmental Management (now the Department of Conservation and Recreation), purchased and permanently protected approximately 83 acres of woodland in northwest Framingham, now known as Wittenborg Woods. This June, another 13 acres were added to Wittenborg Woods with the Town’s acquisition of the former Snow property on Wayside Inn Road.
This parcel had long been a priority for protection because it includes well-used trails that are part of the Wittenborg Woods trail system, and because development of the parcel into house lots would have had very negative consequences on the wildlife habitat and recreation values. When the landowner, Edith Snow, passed away a few years ago, SVT worked with her estate’s representatives to explore options for protection, including bringing in the abutting landowners, who served as “conservation buyers” when they stepped in to buy and hold the property until a conservation transaction was assured.
The conservation buyers carved off and sold the existing, single family home on the property and sold the remaining 13 acres the Town as an addition to the Wittenborg Woods conservation area, which connects to some of SVT’s Northwest Framingham properties
through the Bay Circuit Trail. To purchase the $675,000 property, the Town of Framingham applied for and received a $400,000 state LAND (Local Areas for Natural Diversity) grant and added $275,000 from the town’s conservation fund with the approval of Town Meeting.
Our congratulations go to the Town of Framingham on this important conservation achievement!