1. Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

    Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

    In 2016, Eversource was looking to sell 31 acres of land to a developer for a possible 14-unit subdivision, but now that same land on South Maple Street and Moody Bridge Road will be forever protected. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the electric company to preserve the land as open space since it was first marketed.  The parcel will be added to the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge with $680,000 coming from the state Land and Water Conservation Fund. The full price of the deal was not disclosed.

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    1. The parcel includes wetland and fields, abuts protected land, and is a keystone parcel within the 2,000-acre mosaic of farmlands, grasslands, floodplain forest, and wetlands that stretch from the base of the Mount Holyoke Range to the Fort River in Hadley.
    2. We got so many calls for that project. It's great the community is taking an interest.
    3. It took two years to finalize the negotiation and secure the public funds for the acquisition. We appreciated Eversource's willingness to sell for conservation purposes.
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