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Donker Farm Area

1) Donker Farm

Donker FarmAddress: 0, 48R and 50 Tory Fort Lane
Area: ~23 Acres
Owner: Formerly Elisabeth Donker; Currently Greater Worcester Land Trust
CR Holder: City of Worcester Conservation Commission
CR Purchased: April 28, 2015

This Conservation Restriction protects the last operating farm in Worcester as well as a managed forest and associated rich habitat. The farm is the last remaining link to the City's 18th Century origins as a rural agricultural community. The allowed uses of the land include trail-based activities (hiking, biking, skiing), wilderness activities (wildlife viewing, camping), historic/cultural/environmental education, community agriculture and approved timber management or agriculture.

The project is a critical missing link to the "Four Town Greenway" in the northwestern portion of the City and directly abuts the Cook's Connector parcel to the north (~6 acres), with Cook's Pond to the west (~37 acres) and an additional 536+ acres of preserved open space in neighboring towns within close proximity.

2) Donker Farm North

Address: 0 Tory Fort Lane
Area: ~8.6 Acres
Owner: Formerly Steven Venincasa, Trustee of Hicgo Realty Trust; Currently Greater Worcester Land Trust
CR Holder: City of Worcester Conservation Commission
CR Purchased: June 30, 2016

Donker Farm NorthThis Conservation Restriction Amendment extends the original Donker Farm Conservation Restriction to include the adjacent 8.6 acres to the north-west. This addition to the City's open space meets a number of the current Open Space and Recreation Plan objectives by protecting and enhancing the natural resources and improving open space system connectivity. Additionally, this acquisition will contribute to the viability of Donker Farm as a working farm and will allow for the continuity of the property management by taking place under the same Land Management Plan.

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