Land is a Resource that Needs to be Saved
November 1, 2019
by Len Lathrop
The Hudson Conservation Committee could not have asked for a nicer fall morning this past Saturday to celebrate another milestone for the town. The gathering was to introduce the parcel at 68 Pelham Road that now and into the future will be open conservation space for citizens. Chairman Brownrigg thanked those who came out to visit the site, making the announcement official with a ribbon cutting.
The conservation commission negotiated the purchase of the 39.57-acre parcel as conservation land for $400,000. The sale included an easement from the Oak Ridge Condominium Association to provide access between Benson Park and 68 Pelham Road. Trails have been cleared and marked that allow access to the Haselton Farm trail at Benson. These are marked with blue flagging tape, and travelers will need to navigate a stone wall.
In his remarks, Brownrigg thanked the town board of selectmen, Town Engineer Elvis Dhima and his staff and the members of the Hudson Conservation Commission whose hard work and dedication to the community were instrumental in making this a reality.
Peter Noury, president of Empire Homes, has handed over to the town the ownership of all electronic files of the property, at no cost; these include all boundary plans, existing conditions, and wetland delineation for the property.
In closing, Brownrigg said, “We can all agree that land, like other natural resources, is not infinite and that, once developed, is impossible to replace. As residents of Hudson we have an opportunity to protect the lands where we live through conservation efforts and it all begins with efforts such as this property.
“Moving forward, the conservation commission will continue to stress the importance of maintaining a balanced approach to conservation and development within the town of Hudson. We will make every effort to talk with landowners within our community letting them know that land conservation is a very viable and real option when considering the future of their property.”