Black Cat Preserve
The Black Cat Preserve located along Black Cat Road was acquired in 2016. The Preserve was originally multiple individual parcels held by different land owners, however since the its creation, these abutting parcels have been merged to create the 63 acre swath of protected open space we have today. The Preserve holds unique features such as two reclaimed cranberry bogs, significant topographic changes including a high ridge overlooking Brigg's Reservoir, and has frontage along the Reservoir which features a small dock for passive recreational practices such as fishing and nature viewing.
The area held a crisscrossing network of trails originally utilized for future selective tree harvest, however the town acquired the land prior to any cutting. Since the Town has managed the land, redundant trails have been closed and allowed to re-vegetate, and several new trails have been cut in order to provide public access throughout the entire area. The Department received a Department of Conservation and Recreation Trails Grant to assist with access; this money was used to remove water control structures from the now retired cranberry bogs on the property, and construct two beautiful pedestrian footbridges over the open channels. Click on the Weblink for a Trail Map.