Protected Lands - Keekamoochaug Wildlife Sanctuary

6.7 acres donated by long-time residents Prescott and Florabeth Grout in 2006. The Grouts wanted the land to be a haven for wildlife and chose the name – Keekamoochaug Wildlife Sanctuary in honor of the Native Americans that lived in the area. The property is accessible from Healy Road in Dudley and offers a rich forest canopy of oak, ash & black cherry; seasonal streams and a well that is capped with a plaque honoring the Grouts. Recent trailhead improvements include a granite and wood sign and a new 40’ stone wall. The stone wall was constructed by Jason Hall and funded via a grant obtained from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust. Includes a trail that connects to the boardwalk entrance of the Tufts Branch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Visitors should be aware that dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Trails at Keekamoochaug and Tufts Branch Wildlife Sanctuaries

“In Praise of the Keekamoochaug Wildlife Sanctuary”

For the past five years, I have had the pleasure of stewarding the Keekamoochaug Wildlife Sanctuary. It is not a large property at just over 6.7 acres, but the land is blessed with an abundance of mature trees including Black Cherry, White Ash, Sugar Maple and Shagbark Hickory. I find walking through this canopy delightful. The land also has the usual invasives of rose, honeysuckle and bittersweet that reflects its former agricultural heritage. As I have been stewarding the property, I have been systematic in removing the bittersweet which can actually choke a tree with its twines. It is gratifying to see the trees without their mantle of bittersweet growing so much healthier now. In the case of the rose and the honeysuckle, we have a truce. I must admit that I enjoy the beauty of the roses in Late June and July when they are in bloom, and they are allowed to stay (on a contained basis) on the hillside as one enters from Healy Road. The honeysuckles also have a beautiful shimmering green leaf in the spring that mellows to a dusky yellow in the late fall. In fact, walking through the Keekamoochaug Wildlife Sanctuary in early November when the leaves are off the trees may be its most beautiful time.

Another special thing about the Keekamoochaug Wildlife sanctuary is the marker honoring Prescott and Flora Beth Grout – the individuals who donated the land to the DCLT back in 2006. The marker is on the cap stone over the old well that was used to provide water to sheep when the property was a pasture. Isn’t it wonderful t that the Grouts left the legacy of the Keekamoochaug Wildlife Sanctuary for future generations to enjoy? As you hike on the sanctuary and enjoy its charms, give thanks to the Grouts and think about what you can do as a legacy for our town of Dudley.

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Dudley Conservation Land Trust
PO Box 14
Dudley, MA 01571
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