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Betty Maitland Memorial Forest


  • Total Acreage 40
  • Restriction Type FEE
  • Date Completed December 18, 1992
  • Interest Holder FLT

In 1992, Alastair Maitland donated his 40 acre woodlot in Heath to the Franklin Land Trust, to be stewarded for public benefit in memory of his wife Betty. Under the Franklin Land Trust's ownership, the Betty Maitland Memorial Forest is managed for wildlife habitat and passive recreation. Visitors to the memorial forest can strike out on its three-quarter mile trail system to experience habitats ranging from early successional clearings to mature white pine stands, and explore a spectacular vernal pool which supports wildlife including wood frogs and wood ducks. A small forest gap overlooking the early successional clearing also sports a picnic table, and interpretive signs along the course of the trail provide insight into the forest's unique features, such as a bear-clawed beech tree.

Activities: Hiking, birding, picnicking
Hiking Difficulty: Moderate

Access: Trailhead and parking off of Rte 8A in Heath, MA.

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