Wolf Hill Sanctuary in Southampton, trailhead on Fomer Road, 1.4 mile loop. The 200 acre Alder Meadow Pond/Wolf Hill Sanctuary is located on Fomer Road in Southampton. It features a wide variety of wildlife habitats including a vernal pool, hillside wetland, small streams and seeps, rock cobbles, fields, and the Pond. Alder Meadow Pond covers 27 acres with 2/3 of it lying on the property. The southern portion of the parcel bears traces of a colonial era road and the original Searle homestead. This property has been in the Searle family and farmed and logged since before the Revolution. Nathaniel Searle was one of the original 14 settlers of Southampton, and the foundations for his homestead and several others dot the property. The original county road from Northampton to Westfield passes by the Pond and is still visible.

Abutting the western and northern edge of the Searle parcel and extending to the north are 4,956 contiguous acres of protected water supply land owned by the Holyoke Water Works around the Tighe-Carmody and White reservoirs. The parcel falls within the Berkshire Plateau Forest Legacy Area and is part of the Nature Conservancy’s eleven intact forest areas. On its south border the sanctuary abuts ninety-acres of farmland which was once a part of a larger farm and is now protected by an Agricultural Preservation.(Southampton Conservation Commission)

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