Mary Moore Preserve
Mary Moore Preserve
The Mary Moore Preserve is a 181-acre ownership of the Sharon Land Trust on the southwestern reach of the Red Mountain Range. The property is adjacent to Beardsley Pond, a reservoir owned by the Town of Sharon, and rises to about 430’ above the waterbody. The parcel thus exerts a critical proximal influence on the water quality of the town’s water supply.
The tract captures five habitat types including upland woodlands of the Northern Transitional Forest ecotype, upland shrubland, advanced meadow, farm pasture, and stream/marsh wetland. The pasture encompasses 18 acres in the southwestern corner and is actively used for cattle farming. The shrubland/meadow habitats encompass 33 acres in a three-compartment block in the central reach of the preserve, with 17 acres of low-slope heavy shrubland, 9 acres of midslope heavy meadow, and 7 acres of meadow/grassland above. Woodlands are primarily found in the upper eastern elevations and extensively across the northern half of the preserve. The stream and wetland area is found in the southwestern reach of the pasture area. The active pasture compartment is at roadside on Gay Street/Route 41 and Williams Road (farm gate) and is highly visible. The upper meadows and the summit area in the northeastern corner provide exceptional views that encompass three states and rank among the best viewing positions in the Berkshires. The NE summit includes views across White Hollow to the east.
Route 41/Gay Street and Williams Road, Sharon
Access and Trails
Access to the tract is gained via a farm gate the southwestern pasture off of Williams Road. A farm and woods road runs for 3100LF from the gate at Williams Road to the northwestern reach of the preserve. The Sharon Land Trust hopes to eventually integrate the Mary Moore Property into its Red Mountain trail network that currently extends about two miles from White Hollow just east of Moore to points north toward Salisbury. The Moore trail segment would add almost one additional mile to the trail.