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News New Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area

The new Norcross Hill WMA in Templeton protects over 465 acres for wildlife and outdoor recreation.
9/02/2019
  • MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Media Contact for New Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area

Marion Larson, MassWildlife

Male bobolink bird resting in field.

Save the dateOn October 9, join MassWildlife and other partners to celebrate the creation of the new Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area! Meet at 100 Norcross Hill Road off Route 68 in Templeton at 10 a.m. 

Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Templeton contains 465 acres of land that was previously owned by the Walter E. Fernald Corporation. WMAs are open to the public, and Norcross Hill is no exception. Visitors can enjoy the woodlands and wetlands as well as nearly a mile of frontage along Norcross Hill Brook and Beaver Brook. The variety of habitat within this property supports both game and non-game wildlife species. White-tailed deer, bear, waterfowl, and turkey can be found in the woods and fields. American bitterns and eastern whip-poor-wills—both protected by the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act— have also been observed in the area. In addition, the grasslands within the property are important for the conservation of bobolinks in New England.

This property, which was previously closed to hunting, provides new access for Massachusetts sportsmen and women.  This acquisition also has significance on a regional scale. The Norcross WMA is now part of an assemblage of over 2,200 continuous acres of protected lands from Otter River State Forest to the Templeton State Forest. MassWildlife worked with the North County Land Trust and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to acquire the property. The partnership received a Landscape Partnership Program Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The Norcross Hill WMA is just 1 of over 40 land acquisition projects completed by MassWildlife in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (July 2018–June 2019). In FY 19, MassWildlife protected over 2,420 acres for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy. To view all MassWildlife properties, including Wildlife Management Areas, Wildlife Conservation Easements, and other protected open space, please visit the MassWildlife Lands Viewer.

Media Contact for New Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area

MassWildlife's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program 

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state, as well as the protection of the natural communities that make up their habitats.

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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