ABOUT THE LAND TRUST

THE BRIDGEWATER LAND TRUST was founded in 1987. A non-profit organization administered by town residents, the Land Trust supports a variety of conservation and education activities aimed at protecting Bridgewater’s natural resources, including:

  • Land acquisition and donation.
  • Conservation easements.
  • Support of local farms.
  • Lobbying against wanton and damaging development and advocacy of pro-conservation legislation.
  • Sponsorship of educational and other programs.

THE MANY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS

to the preservation of the town’s open spaces made by the Land Trust include:

  • Acquisition of hundreds of acres by donation from caring land owners and through easement agreements.
  • Preservation of Bridgewater’s farming heritage on the Jane Pratt Farm and Town Line Farm preserves.
  • Establishment and maintenance of the Ketchum Children’s Trail.
  • Support of scholarship program for Burnham students.

Bridgewater Land Trust Directors

Steve Shabet President
Edward Franklin Vice President
Jean Robinson Treasurer
Julie Stuart Secretary
Robert Shaver Director – Chair, Conservation Easements
Russell Marcus Director
Bud Wright Director РCo Chair, Stewardship
John Lenzycki Director – Co Chair, Stewardship
Dawn Burdick Administrator

Our Mission

PRESERVE

Preservation of land, nature and lifestyle are the tenets of our mission. Knowledgeable board direction and a committed, engaged membership create the foundation of our thriving organization.

PROTECT

Protecting our collective future and quality of life, we take environmental responsibility for our greatest local natural resource. Guarding your property values and shielding against unchecked development while maintaining the habitats of native flora and fauna are vital factors in our success. With educational and sponsored partnerships, informed lobbying efforts, and nature advocacy, we expand our prospects together.

The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.

Joseph Wood Krutch, writer, critic and naturalist

CARE

Caring for the land with high- level ongoing stewardship and up-to-date appropriation of best land-use practices is a joyful priority as we witness the legacy of our rich farming traditions, enviable views, pastoral character and the ever-renewing natural rewards of the idyllic place we call home.