Hill - White
Oak acquired this 50 acre parcel in 2008 through foundation grants
and the help of many contributors. Located on the north side of Rt. 31
near the Holden/Paxton border, it was formerly used as a nature camp.
White Oak has established a marked trail
system and parking lot. Access is through property managed by
Street - White
Oak's lands off North Street were acquired in the 1980s as land which
had became town land by tax default. Today they function as an
extension of the Trout Brook Conservation Area, which is owned by the
town. The new White Oak trail traverses these lands, and is a
great way to start exploring the wild areas of Holden. It
begins on the eastern side of North Street, loops around to the north
and west, and emerges 5 miles later at the North St. parking
lot. It connects with the trail system in Trout Brook.
See the trail map.
Zwiep Lot: This is a
7-acre parcel of mostly wetland, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Donald
Zwiep, and is located near Ann Street and Pilgrim Drive in the
Birchwood area of Holden. A neighborhood group of
members has been active in cleaning up this parcel, and a
trail is planned.
An 11 acre parcel was donated by the Zimmerman family. It's
locaated off Salisbury Street on Stanjoy Road and is characterized
predominantly as woody swamp.
Lake Dam - The acquisition of this dam represents one of
White Oak's earliest achievements. Plans were in place in the early
1980s to drain the lake and build on it, after the dam fell into
disrepair. Through a major fund raising effort and the
support of the public, this was averted, the dam repaired, and Eagle
Lake remains as a destination for fishing, swimming, canoeing, ice
skating and hockey. A draw down is planned for the winter of
2003-2004 to kill off the underwater weeds which have become a problem
for swimmers. (See the story
of Eagle Lake .)
Road: White Oak was given a 12-acre parcel along the western
edge of South Road in 1990 by Mr. and Mrs. George White, as part of an
attempt to preserve the rural nature of this part of the
road. Several years after the donation, three other
landowners on the road decided to donate conservation restrictions on
their own land for the same reason. (See below) The 12-acre
parcel, while open to the public, has no trails at this time.
Street: In 2000 the Waterman Broadcasting Corporation gave us
an 8 acre parcel on Salisbury Street, which includes two vernal pools,
and part of the headwaters of Poor Farm Brook. The parcel is open to
the public, but has a forbidding growth of poison ivy along the wooded
upland by the street, and access to the vernal pools is difficult
because of intervening marsh. There are no trails.
Road: In 2004 the late Harold Henrickson gave us the balance
of his 11 acre parcel, reserving a small area around the house which he
subsequently sold. Part wooded and part open field, the parcel contains
an extensive wooded wetland which continues along the northern
boundary. It is open to the public, but White Oak should be contacted
before visiting, since at present it is being treated as a wild life