Prentice Woods Preserve
Located next to Province Lake, this beautiful 15-acre property is comprised of two adjacent parcels of land that have been donated by the Bakey and Gatto families. The Prentice Woods Preserve is surrounded by suburban growth in a highly desirable lakeside setting, making its protection from further development urgent. In a critical wetland habitat, the Preserve hosts vernal pool sites and is home to dozens of native plant and animal species. Adjacent to Province Lake, the wetland portion of the property also provides opportunities for water quality improvement that will affect the future health of the lake. In addition to safeguarding these crucial ecological features, the Preserve is an excellent place for residents and visitors alike to retreat into nature, away from the stressors of today’s busy lifestyle.
While MMRG owns this property and it is open to the public for low-impact recreation, we strongly encourage any visitors to respect local residents and abutters by parking carefully so as not to obstruct the road and minding all property boundaries so as not to trespass on abutting parcels. There are not currently official marked trails on the property, but much of it is navigable by foot and many interesting features may be seen such as glacial erratics, black gum trees and vernal pools (seasonal).
MMRG is appreciative of the support and generosity of the Bakey and Gatto families for their dedication to the conservation process and to the Province Lake Association and the Acton-Wakefield Watershed Alliance (AWWA) for their partnership in its future stewardship.