Bush Hill

The Bush Hill Town Forest was purchased in 2004 by the Town of Ashburnham and carries a Conservation Restriction with the State. It took over two years for the Conservation Commission, the State and the Ashburnham Conservation Trust to complete the sale. The funds came from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant, the Federal Forest Legacy Program, the SelfHelp Program, ACT and a generous donor. In order to satisfy the terms of Self-Help Grants the town had to borrow money until it was reimbursed by the State. In order to prevent the tax payers from incurring any cost, ACT paid $20,000 for the interest on the loan, because of a nearly two year delay by the State. In 2005 another Federal Forest Legacy Grant provided money to protect another 220± acres in both Winchendon and Ashburnham. Following that deal the town of Rindge,NH preserved 200 acres abutting Bush Hill to the north. Twenty five acres of a historic Shaker Settlement was also donated by a private citizen. Recently the Levaux family donated a CR on 125 acres that lies within the Town Forest. ACT continues to provide annual monitoring of this property. The trail system is one of our best, but it always needs groomers. Contact us to help.