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***UPDATE***

We are happy to be moving forward with the Vermont Land Trust on this exciting community initiative. A final plat public hearing for the subdivision of farmland and forestland is scheduled for November 13th with the hope of the Town and local farming family, the Pouliots, closing on their acquisition of the forest and farm properties prior to the year end.

 

We would like to thank everyone for their on-going efforts!

 

We’ve met our fundraising goal!

Thanks to the generosity of many Westford residents, we have met our initial private fundraising goal of $50,000 to help acquire our Town Forest and permanently conserve the historic Jackson Farm.

All remaining gifts that we receive will go to the town’s stewardship of the land and improvements to public access.

Every tax deductible donation to the Jackson Farm and Forest Project will reduce the Town’s reliance on future grants to fulfill these goals for the stewardship and public enjoyment of the Forest!

Completion of sale is expected sometime in June. We will keep you posted on the official completion of the project and a community celebration in late summer or early fall.’

https://www.vlt.org/initiatives/jackson-farm-forest-project

 

Notice of Sale of Municipal Real Estate

The Town of Westford hereby gives notice to the legal voters of the Town of Westford of Notice of Sale of Municipal Real Estate to convey the development rights, a perpetual conservation easement and restrictions, and a public access easement in and to a 130 acre, more or less, parcel of land located westerly of Brookside Road (Jackson Farm & Forest) to the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. Click here to view the notice in its entirety.

 

November 8th Vote Results – Passed

On November 8, the Town of Westford took a step toward creating a legacy for our community when we voted to save the Jackson Farm and establish a new town forest.  Congratulations to Westford!

Yes – 812

No – 365

 

Events & Important Dates

Saturday, October 8th at 1:30 p.m. – Hike the property (meet at school parking lot) ***no dogs please***

Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m. – Informational Meeting at the Westford Public Library

Saturday, October 22nd at 1:30 p.m.- Hike the property (meet at school parking lot) ***no dogs please***

Thursday, November 3rd at 7 p.m. – Selectboard Public Hearing at the Westford School Gymnasium

Tuesday, November 8th – Vote, 7am-7pm at the Westford School Gymnasium

 

Warning & Voting Information

Date of Vote:  Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Public Hearing:  Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Westford School Gymnasium
Voter Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Australian Ballot Voting Hours:  Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Westford School Gymnasium.

Jackson Farm & Forest Warning

2016 General Election Ballot (front)
2016 General Election Ballot (back)

*Please note, the Jackson Farm & Forest article appears on the back side of the General Election ballot.

 

What is the Jackson Farm & Forest Project?

Overview – Created By Coordinating Committee

Fact Sheet & Project Area Map – Created By Coordinating Committee & Vermont Land Trust

Q & A  – Created by Coordinating Committee

October 20th Informational Meeting Presentation- Created By Coordinating Committee

Jackson Farm & Forest Project Facebook Page – Created By Coordinating Committee

Publications

Burlington Free Press Article (September 28, 2016)

Mountain Gazette Article (August 18, 2016)

 

Reports, Studies, Etc

Jackson Property – Ecological Report – Created By Vermont Land Trust

Projected Tax Revenue Impact  – Created by Coordinating Committee and Town Administration

 

*** Please check back frequently for more information.***