"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children."
~ John James Audubon

Dear Friends,

For over 40 years, the role of the Dunstable Rural Land Trust has been to preserve and protect the rural character of the Town of Dunstable.  Working with landowners for over four decades, we are proud to have accomplished protecting in excess of 800 acres in the Town of Dunstable.  These open spaces were acquired either by donation or by purchase and provide the open spaces for quiet enjoyment for you and your family.

Again this year the Dunstable Rural Land Trust has been very active in our efforts to increase the acres of land we are protecting.  Projects we have been involved with during  these past twelve months include:

  • By bequest from the Estate of Mrs. Olive F. McLoon, the Trust acquired an interest in the property located at Main and Thorndike Streets to be preserved for conservation purposes.  This bequest includes two houses, the historical colonial barn pictured here and approximately 100 acres of land.  The Trust has three primary goals relating to this property:
  • Insure that the wishes of Olive F. McLoon to retain the property for conservation purposes are fulfilled.
  • Work with the heirs of the Estate of Ronald McLoon in an effort to preserve the greatest amount of property for its intended purpose.
  • Retain the rural character of the entrance to The Town of Dunstable, including the buildings in the area of the "Little Red Schoolhouse".
In order to achieve these goals, the Trust anticipates that extensive time and financial commitments will be necessary over the next several years.   Preservation of the McLoon property will expand the adjacent 125 acres protected with conservation restrictions by the Larter family.

  • Protecting six acres on French Court in Dunstable.
  • Through services provided and/or cash contributions enabled:
  • the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to acquire approximately fifteen acres on Forest Street, and
  • the Town of Dunstable to acquire approximately twenty acres on Main Street abutting the Ferrari property.

  • Protecting eighteen acres on Mammoth and Nashua Roads in Dracut.   This property which was owned by the Richardson family for over 150 years and was donated to the DRLT due to the landowner’s desire to preserve the property as an open hayfield.

The success of the Dunstable Land Trust is only made possible through the generous support of our members and friends…the residents of Dunstable who understand that the goals of the DRLT provide long-term benefits to our Town.  

Our future efforts are contingent on the continued support of the community -- we need your help in order to continue our mission to preserve and protect the rural character of the town we love -- both now and for future generations.   We ask for your support and have enclosed an envelope for making your tax-deductible contribution to the DRLT.  Donations may also be made directly through our website at www.drlt.org. 

Please feel free to contact any of the trustees of the Dunstable Rural Land Trust with your questions about the Trust and its operations.  Information about the Trust may also be found on the website: www.drlt.org.


David E. Tully