By ecoRI News staff
ACUSHNET, Mass. — The Buzzards Bay Coalition has partnered with the P.J. Keating Co. to permanently protect 21 acres along South Main Street. The property had been owned by the Lunenburg-based company.
“Thanks to the generosity of the P.J. Keating Company, Acushnet residents will soon have a new place along the Acushnet River where they can bring their families to explore the outdoors,” said Mark Rasmussen, president of the Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC).
The property, called “P.J. Keating Woods,” includes 21 acres of mixed upland forest and wooded wetlands with a view of the Acushnet River. Over the coming years, the BBC will develop trails so visitors can enjoy outdoor walks. Preserving this riverfront land also helps protect and restore the health of the river and its wildlife habitats, according to Rasmussen.
P.J. Keating Woods is a significant addition to the BBC’s Acushnet River Reserve, a growing network of conservation land along the river, including LaPalme Farm on Blain Street and The Sawmill on Mill Road.
Funding to cover the $25,000 purchase price of the 21 acres and associated transactional costs was provided by the New Bedford Harbor Trustee Council, which oversees the restoration of natural resources that have been affected by PCB contamination in New Bedford Harbor.
Since 1998, the BBC has protected nearly 8,000 acres of land across the Buzzards Bay watershed, from Westport to Woods Hole.
The P.J. Keating Co. is a manufacturer of construction earth products and installer of hot-mix asphalt. The company’s Acushnet quarry and asphalt plant is across the street from the wooded area.