Mt Everett viewed from Hardy land on East Road
Mt Everett viewed from Hardy land on East Road

In 2005, when Louise Hardy considered the future of the 100 acre farm on which she had lived for more than 45 years, she learned that she could realize the most money by selling eight subdivided house lots. Having spent much of her life in Alford hiking, skiing and riding her horses across the land, this was not what she envisioned for the countryside she loved. Fortunately she and her brother found a conservation minded buyer, and before selling, they placed a conservation restriction on 63 acres of the land to protect it from being developed. In exchange for donating their development rights to Alford Land Trust and Berkshire Natural Resources Council they received a significant tax deduction.

Here on the Hardy land, one of the many pristine swamps that clean our water in Alford.
Here on the Hardy land, one of the many pristine swamps that clean our water in Alford.

The conserved Hardy land sits at the base of Tom Ball Mountain, stretching from East Road to the Alford Brook. The property includes hay fields, open meadows, abandoned pastures, white pine forest, hardwood forest, and lowland wetlands. Long scenic vistas to the west from East Road are preserved. The fine meadows, forests and wetlands include areas identified by the state as priority habitat for several state-listed species of interest.

Tin Cup Spring on Hardy land on East Road
Tin Cup Spring on Hardy land on East Road