Berkshire farmland preserved under land deal

$700,000 to be raised to complete deal

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — A deal has been reached to preserve more than 140 acres of pristine farmland and open space in the Berkshires.

Under a $700,000 agreement announced Tuesday between the Berkshire Natural Resources Council and the Sprague family, owners of Undermountain Farm and Stables, 83 acres of pristine farmland and the 63-acre northern end of Parson’s Marsh in Lenox will be protected for all time as agricultural and open space.

The council plans to raise $700,000 from private sources to complete the transaction.

Narain Schroeder, the council’s director of land conservation, tells The Berkshire Eagle it is one of the council’s most significant land conservation deals.

The 83-acre farmland, excluding its barn, would be under a conservation restriction “in perpetuity.”

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