Land Easements

McDonald Housatonic River Preserve, Falls Village
Preserve Acres: 20

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The McDonald Housatonic River Preserve is a twenty-acre conservation easement that protects over 1000 feet of riverfront on the Housatonic. It is located on the western slope of a ridge that separates the upper Robbins Swamp basin from river. The preserve is a beautiful and compact mosaic of bottomland, stream, meadow, agricultural, and forestland compartments. The riverside area is subject to the natural lotic disturbance regime of periodic flooding, scouring, and deposition, all of which contribute to the abundance of soils of conservation significance found on the easement and beyond. Artist and donor Dale McDonald’s love for the land is evident in her attentive stewardship of the preserve.

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