SAVE NORTH POND  

Join the fight to save the pristine shores of North Pond in Southwick! We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect the only remaining undeveloped land on North Pond. Two parcels of over 146 acres could be turned into 85 new homes on South Longyard Road and along the shores of North Pond.

We need to raise $2 million before spring of 2017 to save this land for future generations to enjoy!



Why Conserve It?

  • The character of North Pond will forever be changed if this land is turned into house lots. Instead of beautiful woods, there would be more houses, docks, and boats crowding this small pond.
  • The property is over an aquifer that provides clean drinking water to thousands of people. Developing it will threaten nearby wells and North Pond with polluted runoff.
  • The property provides important habitat to birds, animals, and plants. It is adjacent to 300 acres of conserved land, providing a home to threatened species like the Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, and the Upland Sand Piper.
  • The western portion of the land will be owned by the town of Southwick and provide many opportunities for hiking, swimming, and fishing. The eastern half will be owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and be managed for grassland bird habitat.

A Unique Opportunity

The North Pond property includes the only remaining undeveloped frontage on North Pond, and is a popular place for boaters and fisherman. The parcel contains 2,900 feet of pristine shoreline.
Development of this land would forever change the character of North Pond.

With nearly 150 acres of land, this parcel will provide many miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as prime hunting and fishing opportunities.

The land is also a key link in a corridor of conserved lands, providing important habitat for wildlife. This property would add to the 267-acre Southwick Wildlife Management Area, and an additional 251 acres of conserved grasslands in Connecticut which makes this area one of the largest areas of permanently protected grasslands in the region. Several threatened species of birds rely on these grasslands, such as the kestrel, woodcock, bobolink, grasshopper sparrow, vesper sparrow, and the upland sand piper. The pitch pine forest on the North Pond land is a rare ecosystem in Massachusetts, and has been identified by the Nature Conservancy as being resilient habitat for a changing climate. 


Conserving this land will provide permanent public access to the shoreline for swimming and fishing, with many miles of trails for people to enjoy.

“Together we can save this land and preserve the beautiful character of North Pond for everyone to enjoy.” John Whalley


                    Preliminary buildout plan if we DON'T Save North Pond

How Can I Help?

  • We need to work together to reach our total goal of $5 million to purchase the land from the current owner. Though most of these funds will come from grants, we need your help to raise $1 million locally.

    Every dollar will help make a difference! You can give online at franklinlandtrust.org or
    at the Save North Pond office at 491 College Highway (next to the Dunkin Donuts - Open Tuesday & Wednesday from 12pm-2pm and Thursday from 1:15-3:15pm)
    Email questions: savenorthpond@franklinlandtrust.org

  • Vote! Southwick voters will be asked to devote Community Preservation funds to this important cause at a Special Town Meeting.

  • Spread the word. We need everyone’s help! Share this website and ask your friends and neighbors to get involved.

  • Become a Business Sponsor.   

  • Thank our current Business Sponsors by visiting their businesses!

  • Learn more about the Congamond Lakes at www.congamond.org

  • Watch a video history of the Congamond Lakes

  • Visit our Facebook page facebook.com/savenorthpond for up-to-date information

Please donate today!!

You may make your tax-deductible donation online, in person at our campaign office (at 491 College Highway next to the Dunkin Donuts) or by mail.
Make checks payable to the Franklin Land Trust*, P.O Box 450, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.  Please note "Save North Pond" in the memo line.

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*What is the Franklin Land Trust and why are we involved?
Franklin Land Trust (FLT) is a 501(c)3, non-profit land conservation organization that has been working with landowners and communities for the past 30 years to permanently conserve significant natural, cultural, and working lands. FLT has expertise and many years of experience in complicated real estate transactions. We often serve as matchmakers and intermediaries between landowners, funders, and state agencies. Since the organization was founded in 1987, we have conserved over 30,000 acres of land. Though we focus primarily on Franklin county, we respond to requests for help throughout western Massachusetts.

For the North Pond project, FLT is coordinating the fundraising effort to purchase the 144 acres for $5 million. Once we reach our goal, the land will be permanently conserved and open to the public for hiking, swimming, fishing, and hunting.

Contact us by mail: Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic Street, P.O Box 450, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Or telephone: 413-625-9151 

 

What happens to my donations?

Contributions to this project will be a tax-deductible charitable gift. Donations will be held in a separate account for the sole purpose of purchasing and protecting this land.

What happens to my donation if the project falls through?

If your donation is under $250

If you donate $250 or under, you will receive a charitable donation letter from the Franklin Land Trust after we process your gift. However, donations under $250 will not be refundable. If we don’t reach our goal or the project falls through, funds will remain in a fund designated for future land preservation projects in Southwick.

If your donation is over $250

If your donation is over $250, you can choose whether you would like it to be refundable minus a 3% bookkeeping fee if the project fails. If you would like your donation to be refundable, we can not issue a charitable donation letter until the project is complete, hopefully in June 2017.

If you donate over $250, you must choose one of the following options:

  • Please keep my donation and use it for the North Pond conservation project or future land preservation projects in Southwick, and issue me a charitable donation letter now.
  • Please hold my donation, issue me a refund (minus a 3% bookkeeping fee) if the project falls through, and issue me a charitable donation letter when the project closes.

 

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