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Located at the junction of two unspoiled waterways, The Walden Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by the Salem Land Trust (SLT), is a testament to the resiliency and tenacity of nature. Once a beef ranch, a sand and gravel operation, and almost a 300-lot subdivision, the land has been transformed to a healthy ecosystem with meadows, woodlands, beaver ponds, and hiking trails.

SLT’s President, Linda Schroeder notes, “There was never any restoration of the land. It is an interesting example of what happens without restoration; the Eightmile River and Harris Brook seem to have done just fine, as have the wildlife.”