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LaSalette Conservation Restriction

On the evening of October 2, 2007, in the presence of the City Council, representatives from the Attleboro Land Trust, Massachusetts Audubon Society and the LaSalette Shrine were on hand as Mayor Kevin Dumas announced that a plan had been worked out to permanently set aside and protect 110 acres of woodlands long owned by LaSalette. This was no small feat as unbeknownst to residents many individuals from numerous groups and the city have invested countless hours meeting and planning during the past year. In the end the Land Trust worked hand in hand with Massachusetts Audubon to bring LaSalette Shrine’s goal to preserve some of their property closer to reality. In spite of this monumental announcement, there is much work left to be done.

The plan involves obtaining $735,000 in funds to finance the conservation restriction.  The funds raised would be used in part to make site improvements to enhance the experience of visitors to the property.  The remaining funds would form a perpetual endowment that would support long-term stewardship of the land to ensure that it is properly cared for.  Part of the money ($500,000) would be requested as a grant from the state, with the rest coming from private fundraising efforts.

For more information, see coverage by The Sun Chronicle.

photo: Charlie Adler 

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