Long-term Conservation and Sustainability Plan for Holcomb Farm passes unanimously

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Packed Town Hall photo by Jenny Emery

After almost three hours of input and discussion among interested parties on Oct. 17, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve a proposal that gives town-owned Holcomb Farm a long-term Granby Land Trust conservation easement and a path to sustainability.

Operation and maintenance of the Farm is the joint effort of the Town and the volunteer group Friends of Holcomb Farm. Although other community groups contribute to various projects, the need for a long-term plan was made clear by the limitations on the Friends’ ability to make costly improvements and its limited ability to obtain grants and other funding for projects such as the construction of a new footbridge over the West Branch of the Salmon Brook that was washed away in 2021. The Plan provides a fund and protections that will help limit the use of taxpayer’s dollars. For the details of the accepted proposal, see our article on it here.