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History of the Gill Town Forest
On May 8, 2009, The Franklin Land Trust purchased for protection 173 acres on Hoe Shop Road in Gill, owned by the Estate of Acilio R. Sandri. Gill voters
accepted the land as a gift to the town and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) supported the protection of this property
and agreed to purchase a Conservation Restriction (CR) on approximately 162 acres of the property. The CR prevents any future development on the 162
acres, but allows public access for passive recreational use and sound forest management.
The purchase of this property was made possible by a loan from The Conservation Fund www.conservationfund.org
sale of the CR to DCR, and the generous support from the Clesson P. Blake Trust and Ruth J. Cook Trust both administered by Richard (Dick) French of
Gill. Clesson and Ruth were brother and sister and left their estates to be used for the benefit of land conservation in Gill. The remaining 11 acres
were divided into 4 house lots to be sold by the Franklin Land Trust in order to will help cover the remaining project costs, balance the budget and
repay the loan.
“This is a win-win situation for all involved- the Trust Department at Greenfield Savings Bank, which was a pleasure to work with, fulfilled its fiduciary responsibilities as Trustee of the Estate of Acilio R. Sandri, the Franklin Land Trust furthered its mission by protecting a beautiful property in an important conservation area, and the residents of the Town of Gill received the gift of a very special place to enjoy and to call their own town forest,” Said FLT Executive Director Rich Hubbard.
The conserved property is primarily wooded, dominated by white pine and oak species, contains a pond, wetlands, and a small field. There are old woods
roads for walking.
The protection project builds on an existing block of protected open space connecting to two farms on Bascom Road; which are both protected through Agricultural
Preservation Restrictions held by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
Two house lots have already been purchased for single family homes. The remaining two lots are being listed through Cohn & Company Real Estate for $50,000 each or $75,000 for the combined 4.735 acres. Imagine building your family home surrounded by land you know will never be developed. Walk out your front door to enjoy trails and wildlife viewing opportunities year-round and forever.
Survey of lots for sale
Map of lots for sale