The Town of Oxford is among the 14 recipients of state grant money to preserve open space. The $4.8 million will go toward 1,100 acres of land for 15 projects. The grant program requires a local match and that the open space land be protected by a conservation and public recreation easement, ensuring that the property is forever protected for public use and enjoyment.
Oxford will use $1.1 million to purchase the Schreiber Farm Open Space, totalling 132 acres.
The property is located along Quaker Farms Road and is made up of extensive wetlands and gravel soils that has been used for agriculture purposes. The Eight Mile Brook that is buffered by early successional habitats and supports listed species runs the length of this parcel feeding and draining two ponds.
This property is also the location of an aquifer for the Town of Oxford.