Today the Metacomet Land Trust (MLT) announced Dorothy Collier and other members of the Ruguleiski family have donated 26 acres of open space in Upton to the land trust. The known as “Ruguleiski Woods,” will be owned by MLT and protected by a permanent conservation restriction to be held by the Upton Conservation Commission.
The property is located near the Massachusetts Turnpike is mostly upland forested with oaks. It also includes a red maple wetland, a cattail pond and a beaver pond. As directed by the Ruguleiski family, the property will be preserved for wildlife habitat and not logged.
Ruguleiski Woods is one of two properties conserved by MLT in Upton. Four other MLT land protection efforts are underway in town, including a conservation restriction to be held on Upton’s Heritage Park.
Since 1988 Metacomet has worked with landowners, towns and state agencies to permanently protect land. MLT owns more than 350 acres across Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Norfolk, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, and Wrentham. The trust protects another 343 acres through Conservation Restrictions, and has assisted in the conservation of another 900 acres – land that is now town open space, state parks and forests, and state wildlife management areas.