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Carlisle Pines et al

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 3 months ago
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Carlisle Pines (23 acres)
 
Access: Forest Park Drive.
Parking: End of Forest Park Drive.
 
In 1901, a tract of over a hundred virgin white pines was saved from logging and given to the Appalachian Mountain Club to hold as a public reservation. Sidney A. Bull writes in his "History of the Town of Carlisle Massachusetts 1754-1920" that many of these trees were over 100 feet tall and may have been mature at the time of the Revolutionary War. Today this property is owned by the state and managed by the staff of Great Brook Farm. Although the hurricane of September 21, 1938 brought down many of the trees, a handful of impressive specimens remain, several with trunks so large that three people can barely encircle them. There are also a few ancient hemlocks in the grove.
The wooded trail starts at an opening in the stonewall. In spring, you may see lady slippers and partridge berries blooming on the forest floor. Porcupines have been spotted in the trees.
 
 
MacAfee Land (15 acres), Holms/Avery Land(5.4 acres), Carlisle Land Trust (10.4 acres), Erickson Land (4.7 acres), Swanson Land (2.0 acres)
 
Access: Kimball Road.
 
These parcels adjoining Carlisle Pines create a substantial wildlife conservation area that also serves as a buffer, shielding the Carlisle Pines tract from the nearby subdivision. The original MacAfee parcel was donated in 1989. This was integrated with parcels owned by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation, the Carlisle Pines and with land donated to CCF in 1997 by the Holms family. The Swanson Family Trust provided several additional protective acres and in 1999 the Ericksons donated additional land adjacent to the MacAfee and Holms parcels. In addition to the trail from Kimball Road, you can also hike along the Tennessee gas pipelinel right-of¬way in dry weather or whenever the ground is frozen. A trail easement given in conjunction with the construction of Wilkins Way runs from the end of the cul de sac to Hutchins Road near the detention basis at the entrance of Curve Street.

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