1141 acres, Washington
Reservoir and Becket Rd, Washington, Massachusetts
Why You Should Visit
The preserve protects a variety of habitats in a relatively intact forested landscape including forest, ponds, portions of Coles Brook and shrub wetlands. It abuts additional protected areas including the 3,400 acre Middlefield State Forest.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Coles Brook watershed in the Westfield River watershed of the Connecticut River provides unique conservation opportunities based on the combination of intact forests and high-quality rivers and streams. This area offers one of the last and best opportunities for large-scale forest and aquatic system conservation in southern New England. The Nature Conservancy’s goal is to conserve the integrity of these forests and rivers both to protect the Connecticut River watershed as well as provide connectivity to other forested habitats in the Appalachians.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
From 2005 to present the Conservancy has protected six tracts of land.