The Lloyd Center has announced achievement of the long-sought goal of protecting the 27-acre parcel of land that lies directly across the road from its headquarters and nature preserve overlooking the Slocum River estuary in South Dartmouth.
Dubbed Lloyd Woods by the Center’s staff and bounded by Little River and Potomska Road, the property is an unrestricted gift to the center from its founder, the late Karen Lloyd and was one of the last pieces of unprotected land in the “necklace” that surrounds Dartmouth’s fragile Little River estuary.
In return for a $500,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Lloyd Center is conveying a conservation restriction on the land, adjudged to be worth at least $1.6 million, jointly to the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust and the Buzzards Bay Coalition, thus permanently conserving the entire 27 acre.
“The Buzzards Bay Coalition is incredibly proud to have partnered with the Lloyd Center and DNRT to help make this conservation plan a success,” said Bay Coalition President Mark Rasmussen, “We are excited to have received this grant from NAWCA and to be able to apply it to conserving such an important property on the Little River estuary. We applaud the Lloyd Center for their vision to secure permanent protection for this land and thank the DNRT for their leadership in conserving this property and so many of Dartmouth’s treasures.”