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Spector Property Preserved - March 2, 2012
The Lenox Land Trust is pleased to announce the conservation of 30 acres of open space in the Town of Lenox through a grant by Jesse and Patty Spector. The parcel has frontage on Hubbard street in Lenox (Assessor’s Map, 113, lot 27), and encompasses a diverse and wild habitat that is part of an area previously designated by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs as an “area representing high priority for protection” (BioMap, EOEA, 2001).
By granting the Conservation Restriction to the stewardship of the Lenox Land Trust, the Spector’s have effectively restricted development of the land for perpetuity, ensuring that the local environment will continue to benefit from the unique natural resources that have been preserved and the scenic beauty of the area.
“The Town of Lenox is facing significant development pressures on all fronts,” said Land Trust President, Kevin Sprague, “although there is universal agreement that the greatest single economic resource of the town is its well-preserved rural beauty and diverse landscape, there are many who would destroy that beauty for their own short-term benefit. The willingness of people like Jesse and Patty to step forward and commit to saving the landscape is an altruistic act that will benefit all of us over the long term.”
The Lenox Land Trust is focused on preserving open space in Lenox. The Lenox Land Trust believes that it is imperative to preserve and maintain the rural New England character of Lenox and the surrounding area for present and future generations by acquiring by gift or purchase whole or partial interests in natural scenic, open and rural lands in Lenox and environs.
Fresh beaver activity
Hikers briefed at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary
Woods Pond, Housatonic River
The Lenox Land Trust was established in 2004 with the following mission:
Recognizing the pressures on land use and also recognizing the rights of individual property owners, the Lenox Land Trust believes that it is imperative to preserve and maintain the rural New England character of Lenox and the surrounding area for present and future generations.
Several articles appeared that year outlining how the land trust came to be and the vision of its original founders (some of whom still serve on our board). Following many months of planning by its board members, the land trust's first public meeting was held on Sunday, February 29, 2004, at the Lenox Community Center.
In one of the articles that was written around that time, writer Kate Abbott quoted Kevin Sprague, president of the new land trust, as follows, "Many of the familiar sweeps of Lenox are less protected than people realize. The land trust is up and running and trying to reach out to people to teach them how to preserve the land." (Excerpted from: Land Trust Looks to Preserve Lenox Greenery, in iBerkshires, by Kate Abbott, February 18, 2004.)
Eight years later, on March 1, 2012, an article was posted to the land trust's website announcing the preservation of a 30 acre parcel fronting on Hubbard Street. It began, "Lenox, Massachusetts is home to many interests: music lovers at Tanglewood, a procession of stately homes from the Gilded Age, a hike along the Yokun Ridge, fishing the Housatonic. One thing that ties these all together: a passion for the beauty of the rolling hills, quiet woods and beautiful country vistas that are Lenox. The Lenox Land Trust is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the rural landscape of the town. Please join us."
Excerpts from that article appear below.