Great Rock Real Estate, a real estate company who accelerates the sale of premium quality real estate, today announced the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) purchased a large piece of undeveloped land in Massachusetts for $3 million. The 843-acre Twining Lake property, located at the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, is 28 miles from Tanglewood, in Tolland, Massachusetts. Equal the size of 17 Boston Commons, the purchase will allow the state to expand existing undeveloped and protected land in the area, comprising 5,000 acres of mountains, forest, streams, and wetlands including the nearby Tolland State Forest, making the park the 15th-largest park in the state.
“The accelerated marketing process yielded offers for a variety of parcel sizes from a number of buyers,” said Jeremy Freid, principal of Great Rock Real Estate in Boston. “In the end, the sellers were compelled to sell it to the state who purchased a special piece of real estate at a great price for taxpayers, while conserving land and resources for future generations.”
“Protecting the integrity of large forest blocks is critical to protecting the present and future biodiversity of the state, providing recreational opportunities and conserving open space,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., whose office includes DCR. “Under the leadership of the Patrick-Murray Administration, the state has taken action to permanently protect more than 75,000 acres of land - the equivalent of 54 acres per day - since 2007.”
The property in Tolland allows for visitors to partake in a variety of recreational opportunities, while preserving the habitat of existing wildlife. Visitors will be able to utilize the existing nature trails for hiking, a pond for kayaking and canoeing, and several streams and a section of the Farmington River for trout fishing. The area will also remain home to black bears, moose and whitetail deer.
In recent years, DCR has acquired and expanded large parcels of land including the expansion of the Otis State Forest by joining with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to purchase 900 acres in nearby Sandisfield for $5.2 million in 2007. The acquisition of the Twining Lake property is the largest state land acquisition since DCR’s 2008 acquisition of an 883-acre parcel in Fitchburg. As a result of these and other state acquisitions amount of protected open space recently passed the 1.2 million acre mark, for the first time exceeding the amount of developed land in Massachusetts.
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