Be a part of history!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.
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.
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.
Preservation Restrictions held by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.