LUNENBURG— Representatives Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) and Stephen DiNatale (D-Fitchburg), and Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) announced today that the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) awarded the Town of Lunenburg a grant totaling $269, 300 through the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Program.
The Town of Lunenburg will receive a LAND reimbursement for their Lane Property project. The town acquired the large wooded property to create access to existing, landlocked town forest in order to provide new outdoor recreation and forestry opportunities. The Lane Property includes over a mile of Mulpus Brook and tributaries, as well as cold water fisheries.
“This reimbursement allows Lunenburg to provide easily accessible outdoor space for residents and the region,” said Representative Benson. “By opening up properties, and providing recreational spaces we are not only protecting natural landscapes, but improving the quality of life for residents across the Commonwealth.”
“This LAND Grant will help Lunenburg to preserve our Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage for the future,” said Representative DiNatale.
“This grant will offer residents an opportunity to use and enjoy a multipurpose outdoor area, while simultaneously preserving the property. Generations to come will have the chance to enjoy the land’s natural beauty,” said Senator Flanagan.
The LAND Program was established in 1961 to assist municipal conservation commissions in acquiring land for natural resource protection and passive outdoor recreation purposes. To qualify for the reimbursement grants, communities must fund projects upfront and the protected open space must be open to the public.