Gary Forish, past Noble View chair, had the idea that we could generate funding for building a bath house and renovating some of our buildings by selling a conservation restriction.
Several years of effort and an extraordinary partnership between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Russell Select Board, Planning Commission, Conservation Commission, Springfield Water Commission, Winding River Land Conservancy, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and AMC staff and volunteers culminated in the closing of the conservation restriction on May 24, 2008. The conservation restriction permanently protects most of Noble View’s 358.5 acres from development, and it generated $675,000 in funding to the AMC.
In December, 2007, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental announced the award of a Self-Help Grant of $472,500 to the Town of Russell. Russell’s share of the $675,000 cost of the conservation restriction was completely funded by the Self-Help Grant award; Russell incurred no out-of-pocket cost. The balance of the conservation restriction was funded by the Springfield Water Commission.
We express our deep gratitude to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Springfield Water Commission; the people of the Town of Russell and the Russell Select Board, Planning Commission, Conservation Commission; Winding River Land Conservancy, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and AMC staff members Roger Scholl, Paul Cunha, and Joe Carper.
Many thanks especially to Gary Forish, whose idea this was, and whose commitment and perseverance is largely responsible for producing these fantastic results.
Together, we’ve achieved:
- The permanent protection and preservation of the open space at Noble View through a conservation restriction.
- The permanent protection of that part of Noble View that lies within the Springfield Water Commission’s watershed.
- Funding for ongoing renovations at Noble View.