The DCLT has recently signed a purchase and sale agreement with the 10 Slater heirs holding the property, which connects Massachusetts Audubon land on its northern boundary with DCLT's Hiland Park on the south.
What's made it difficult for everybody is this is considered unknown land by the town of Dudley," DCLT treasurer Keith Kirkland said in an interview.
With a goal of completing the legal process by year's end, the DCLT is working to raise the $150,000 needed to cover all costs.
Wieloch presented an oak bench he made on behalf of the DCLT as a gift to Dudley.
The DCLT was founded in 1991 to promote agricultural land conservation.
Sandra Peterson, president of the DCLT, said the land connects existing conservation lands owned by the DCLT and will bring the trust closer to reaching its goal of having a 1.
The DCLT has acquired six parcels of land in Dudley and Oxford totaling 101 acres in less than five years.
Members of the DCLT told board members the land will be used for passive recreation, with an eye toward preserving the natural scenery and protection of the wildlife habitat.
In order to raise the money for the purchase, the DCLT relied on grants totaling $122,000, including the $60,000 grant from the State Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
To fulfill the purchase-and-sale agreement with the sellers, DCLT needs to raise $250,000 by the year's end, with evidence of $100,000 by Oct.
For more information, call DCLT President Sandra Peterson at (508) 949-2468 or board member Edward Bazinet at (508) 943-5509, send an e-mail to DCLTrust@aol.
To help the land trust by making a contribution, mail checks made payable to the Dudley Conservation Land Trust to the DCLT