Clapp Road Property Acquisition
In October 2002, the Maxwell Conservation Trust
brought this project to the
Community Preservation Committee in Scituate. The Trust worked with the CPC to create a plan that would allow the 76 acres to be protected
perpetually. A Town Meeting approved the purchase in March 2003.
The 76 acres of property consists of 5 parcels of land which abut 90 acres of conservation land in the West End on
the eastern side of Bates Lane. The town purchased three of the five parcels for $760,000, and the Maxwell Conservation Trust purchased the remaining
two for $389,000. The Trust holds a Conservation Restriction on the Town owned parcels, in order to maintain the land as open
space in perpetuity.
This land was repeatedly proposed for development prior to the Town's purchase. It is a significant portion of the largest piece of forested upland
(400 acres) in Scituate, and acquisition of this threatened resource was crucial for protecting habitat for many of our native wildlife species. The
property also drains into Bound Brook, an environmentally sensitive brook which flows through Cohasset and Scituate. The preservation of
such important parcels of land is a valuable legacy to the Town.
All of the Town's Open Space Plans and Master Plans consistently identified this land as priority where open space should be acquired. This purchase was
well-advised, since the Maxwell Conservation Trust provided a significant portion of the purchase price for this project.
This project fully meets the requirements of the Town’s CPC goals for open space by enhancing the quality and variety of passive and active recreational
opportunities for Town residents, while protecting environmentally sensitive, historic and culturally significant properties.
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