At the base of the Berkshire Mountains, white sands shift between the trunks of red cedars, and rivulets of water run into rich wetland fens covered in grasses and moss. Once known locally as the White Sands of Dover, this site features a series of eroded limestone ridges and bedrock outcrops crested by cottonwood trees.
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Why We Selected This Site
Friends and family of Roger Perry, a devoted conservationist, honored his memory by donating this preserve to The Nature Conservancy in 2001. Although small in total area, this preserve captures a high-quality fen complex that is ecologically significant on a statewide level. These particular rich sloping fens are globally rare and often occur in small areas less than an acre in size. The preserve also harbors a diversity of nesting and migratory bird species.
What We Do Here
Removing invasive plants such as purple loosestrife, Japanese barberry and spotted knapweed from the fen complex is a major priority for The Nature Conservancy.