It is one of the most pristine settings in Western Massachusetts.
The five and a half square mile area encompasses Brushy Mountain in Leverett.
On Tuesday Governor Patrick joined local , state, and federal officials to formally dedicate this property as the Paul C. Jones Working Forest.
It means this land owned by the Cowls family will be preserved.
The conserved forest is named in honor of Cowls recently deceased 8th generation family leader Paul Jones who spearheaded the company’s forestry and lumber manufacturing operations for decades says Cinda Jones ,President of W.D. Cowls, Inc.,”We’ve owned the land since 1860, it was a very small parcel, how we manage land is generationally we add acres to what we have sustainably managed for timber products and public recreation , wildlife habitat and wood is the main product from it, we’ll continue to do that” says Jones.
The preservation of this 35-hundred acre site has been a long time in coming, it is now official; and it is the largest project of its kind in the entire state.
Because the land comes into conservation through the state there bill be a public access to the property in the future says Rick Sullivan, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, “It will be a working forest, we are having discussions in terms of the management plans about public access and trails that will be part of it as far as public access,” says Sullivan.
Governor Patrick says the preservation is a win-win for conservation and the economy,” We don’t have to have to make a choice between conserving working farmland and forest and economic growth we can do both and have done both,” says Governor Patrick.
Governor Patrick says over the past five years, his administration has conserved more than 97-thousand acres of land in Massachusetts.