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Spring, 2014  Damon Preserve
The Damon Preserve was purchased by the Town of Scituate as conservation land and will be permanently protected.

This 37.7 acre Damon family owned “tree farm” Clapp Road was accumulated by Jackie and Roger Damon, the grandparents of David Damon. David, at the age of 10, tragically died in a bicycle accident on Clapp Road in 1981. Roger and Jackie wanted to do something in memory of their grandson so they decided to try to add parcels of land to some that the family already owned on Clapp Road.

Spring, 2012  Higgins-MacAllister Parcels
The 31 acre Higgins-MacAllister Property was purchased by the Town of Scituate as conservation land and will be permanently protected.

The Higgins-MacAllister land contains approximately 31 acres on Holly Crest Road off Booth Hill Road in the west end of Scituate. This land abuts the Scituate Rod and Gun Club on Route 3A and other town owned Conservation lands in the Bates Lane Conservation Area. Maxwell Conservation Trust has been working on preserving this unique unfragmented forest of 400 acres for quite a few years now, and the Higgins-MacAllister parcels represent another “piece of the puzzle” in the preservation of this Bates Lane area in the West end of Scituate.

Spring, 2011  Hubbell Family Preserve
The 16.26 acre Hubbell Family Preserve was purchased by the Town of Scituate as conservation land and will be permanently protected.

This 16.26 acre parcel is in the area between North Scituate and Minot off of Indian Trail. It is bordered by Indian Trail, Cavanagh Road, a privately owned 20 acre open space parcel and abuts Town of Scituate Conservation land. From the height of the land, views of the marshes and ocean can be seen on the Glades side and views of the Gulf River from the other side.

The abutting Scituate Conservation land of 16.4 acres was donated to the Town by Dick Hubbell in the 1960’s, and his children were the sellers in this project. The family explored developing this property and had seven documented and accepted perks on the property. However, they wanted to leave this property intact rather than building since it was a favorite spot of their father’s. This land is a legacy for the town from their family, and they requested it be called the “Hubbell Preserve.”

Spring, 2011  Crosbie Family Preserve
The 48 acre Crosbie Family Preserve was voted unanimously at Town Meeting 2011 and was purchased by the Town of Scituate as conservation land and will be permanently protected.

This property is primarily treed uplands, abutting the South Swamp and Appleton Field, an open space parcel purchased with CPC funds in 2003.

The Crosbie family owned the property since the early 1900’s. They explored development of this land and had some good perks, but instead opted for preservation.

2011  Cowings Cove Parcel
Maxwell Land Trust owns an 11 acre open space parcel that is part of the Cowings Cove development off Summer St. in Norwell. This land abuts South Swamp at the very spot that the First Herring Brook starts in the swamp. It is considered to be within the Zone C and Zone A DEP Approved Surface Water Protection Area. Some of this land is in Norwell and some is in Scituate.

This land was formerly owned by Mr. Apts whose family lived on Summer Street for many generations. Eugene Mattie, the developer who purchased the land from Mr. Apts, made an agreement with him to preserve some of the land. Mr. Mattie had previously talked with Maxwell Trust about the new concept emerging of Developer-Land Trust Partnerships. This was, at that time, an emerging model in which some of the land is developed and some is preserved with tax credits going to the developer to help defray his costs. The Hennessey family had used this model for the preservation of their land a few years before.

Maxwell Trust felt that it was important to secure this parcel while we had the chance because of its importance as Water Resource Protection and its location next to South Swamp and First Herring Brook.

Spring, 2010  Wheelwright Property
The Trust facilitated the purchase of 47.6 more acres in the Bates Lane Conservation Area. The property was owned and farmed by the Wheelwright family of Cohasset for many years. The property consisted of three parcels along the Scituate Cohasset town line in the area of the Bates Lane. The land is primarily uplands and wooded.

The Trust submitted a proposal to the Scituate Community Preservation Committee to consider purchasing, with CPC funds, the 47 acres, and the purchase was approved at Annual Town Meeting. The CPC then applied for and received an EEA LAND Grant for $500,000 toward the purchase.

This brought the total conserved property in this forest to almost 300 acres!

Spring, 2009  Hennessey Property
For the past two years the Trust has been working with the Hennessey family to help them explore ways of preserving as much of their property as possible for open space, while also meeting their fiduciary responsibility to the family.

We’re very excited about this project, as it utilizes the Flexible Open Space bylaw to preserve as much conservation land as possible. It has been designed as a five building/ten unit development, built on only 7 of the 39 acres. It will be a low impact design, with reduced impervious surfaces and green building methods. Right now, the Hennessey family is working with the Planning Board to obtain approval for their plan.

The Hennessey family is to be commended for their dedication to the preservation of this important ecological system, and for designing a plan that incorporates preserving as much acreage as possible while still maintaining their fiduciary responsibilities.

Spring, 2006  40 More Acres Preserved
The 40 acre Litchfield property was finally purchased by the Town of Scituate as conservation land and will be permanently protected by a Conservation Restriction held by the Cohasset Water Commissioners and the Maxwell Conservation Trust.

June, 2006  New Maps & Kiosks
With the approval of the Conservation Commission, the Trust with volunteers guided by experienced trail blazers Howard and Nancy Mathews made color coded markers. These markers were installed and now all trails are marked in the Bates Lane Area Forest.

Color coded maps of the trails are now available at each kiosk at the entrances for the “Carl Pipes Memorial Trail” and the “Litchfield Preserve Trail,” both off Clapp Road. The Litchfield kiosk was made by Eagle Scout Sam Brigham and the Pipes kiosk was made by South Shore VoTech students. Parking is also now available across the street at both entrances.

Spring, 2006  Unanimous Vote
The Trust with the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) successfully brought the 40 acre Litchfield proposal to Scituate’s Town Meeting for a vote to purchase.

The vote to purchase was unanimous and brings the total open space preserved in this 450 acre forest to 225 acres.

The Trust has facilitated the purchase and permanent protection for 116 acres out of the 225 acres that are currently protected.

Cohasset Water Commissioners helped financially with this purchase through their contribution for a Conservation Restriction thereby further protecting their watershed.

2004  Closed on 76 Acres
On July 24, 2004, the Founders of the Maxwell Conservation Trust, Cynde and Wayne Robbins, closed on the 76 acre parcel of land on the East side of Bates Lane!

The Trust has been working on this project for over 5 years. In October 2002, the Trust brought the project to the newly created Community Preservation Committee in Scituate. The Trust worked with the CPC to create a plan that would allow the 76 acres (which adjoins the 95 acres already held in conservation) to be protected perpetually. A Town Meeting approved the purchase in March 2003.

The town purchased three of the five parcels for $760,000, and the Trust purchased the remaining two for $389,000. The Trust will hold a Conservation Restriction on the Town owned parcels.

This is part of the largest remaining unfragmented forest in Scituate, which contains important headwaters of our drinking supply.

This addition to public space will bring the trail capacity to around 2 ½ miles, covering a variety of ecosystems and habitats for the public to appreciate and enjoy!

2003  Purchase Pending
76 acres adjoining Scituate Conservation land and Bates Lane is currently under Purchase and Sale Agreement.

The Trust has until January 2004 to purchase the Bates Lane property.

We have raised significant funds toward the purchase and are working with the Community Preservation Commission for additional funding.

Note: The pending purchase will double the current Open Space Greenbelt available for public use.

January, 2003  Watershed Neighbors
Lance Van Lenten, Director of the First Herring Brook Watershed Initiative (, secured a grant for a "Watershed Neighbors" project from the Riverways Program (part of the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement).

The project included lectures by Samantha Woods, Executive Director, North and South Rivers Watershed Association, guided nature walks with Fred St. Ours, Entomologist and GIS Data Analyst, and land protection.
November, 2002  Ecological Assessment
A Preliminary Ecological Assessment of the 76-acre Bates Lane property in Scituate is complete. J. Andrew Walsh, Southeast Regional Ecologist of the Trustees of Reservations and Executive Committee member of Maxwell Conservation Trust, conducted the assessment and prepared the report.
2001  The Beginning
Purchased a 7 acre parcel within the First Herring Brook Watershed on Clapp Road.