Fowler-Eames Sanctuary

Washington, Massachusetts, 34 acres – 2000

Fowler-Eames SanctuarySituated in the heart of the Berkshires, this sanctuary is the last remaining parcel of what was once the donor’s grandfather’s dairy farm. It contains 34 acres of undeveloped natural woodlands and wetlands, with large, mature cherry, ash, beech, maple and pine trees. A pure spring and lively stream are also located on the property, providing fresh water for wildlife. There are a number of old family farmhouses and farmlands surrounding the property and a large, open meadow, once used for dairy cattle grazing.

Observed/Protected Species
Red Maple, white maple, beech, ash, black cherry, hemlock, white pine, red trillium, painted trillium, dwarf ginseng, hobblebush. Intense beaver activity observed.

Abutting Land/Surrounding Area
There are a number of old farmhouses and farmlands which surround the property, many of which are/were owned by the donor’s family. There is also a large, open meadow, once used for dairy cattle grazing.

Acquisition Date
June 8, 2000

How Acquired
Donated by Mark Fowler

Restrictions/Approved Uses
In addition to Orenda’s Sanctuary policies, attachments to the deed read, “Trees shall only be harvested as necessary and appropriate to maintain a diverse and ecologically healthy forest. Cold Spring shall be left undisturbed, with the exception of periodic cleaning of leaves and branches, as necessary. If the property becomes overburdened by beaver, beaver may be relocated by the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Law Enforcement. One unpaved foot trail may be constructed on the property.”

Directions: From the Mass Pike West take Exit 3 toward US 202 MA 10/Westfield/Northampton.
Turn Right and go for .6 miles.
Turn Right on to Notre Dame St. then turn Right onto Montgomery St.
Continue onto Main Rd. for 5.2 miles then onto Montgomery Rd.
Turn left onto MA 112 South then turn right onto Bromley Rd for 0.7 miles.
Sharp right to stay on Bromley Rd. In 4.2 miles turn right onto Skyline Trail.
Turn left onto Town Hill Rd.
Then turn right onto Reservoir Rd. Then slight right onto Becket Rd/W. Hill Rd.
Then turn left onto Becket RD. Then continue on to Middlefield Road. Look for the Orenda sign.