Westwood Land Trust, Inc.

Westwood Land Trust, Inc., Westwood, MA

Sen Ki Opening Celebration - Saturday, October 22, 2011

Take a Hike and Celebrate the Official Opening of Sen Ki - “Land of Stone”

Sen Ki Trail

Trail on the Sen Ki Property

The Westwood Land Trust and Hale Reservation Boards of Directors invite the public to the official opening of Sen Ki (formerly known as Holbrook Farm) on Saturday, October 22. The celebration kicks off with welcoming comments at 9 a.m., an information session for neighbors at 9:30 a.m. and trail walks and refreshments starting at 10 a.m. Parking is available on site at 1255 High Street at the trail head parking lot with additional parking across the street at the Sheehan Elementary School.

Westwood Land Trust partnered with Westwood residents Duncan and Ellen McFarland and Hale Reservation to permanently preserve this 29.7 acre property. Westwood Land Trust contributed $250,000 toward the project, and the McFarlands contributed the balance. The land has been permanently protected from development by a conservation restriction and was donated to Hale Reservation for use as public hiking land on June 29. Hale Reservation staff built and blazed the trails over the summer and will be responsible for maintaining and managing the property. Westwood Land Trust is charged with ensuring that the terms of the restriction are followed.

Sen Ki is open to the public during posted hours for passive recreation including hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. The property’s 1.2 miles of hiking trails run through pine forests and over high rocky ledges that offer panoramic views of Westwood. The property’s name is from the Abenaki term meaning essentially “Land of Stone”, suggesting the natural beauty of the property and reflective of the site’s Native American history.

The McFarlands have lived in Westwood since 1972 and have personally preserved over 137 acres of land in town. They have also been key fundraisers and donors for other conservation projects such as Lowell Woods and the Perry property on Hartford Street.

The mission of Hale Reservation is to provide stewardship of its land and resources and to offer educational experiences that foster responsibility, leadership and appreciation for the natural environment. To learn more about Hale Reservation, please visit www.halereservation.org.

The Westwood Land Trust, Inc., is a charitable organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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