Dean’s Meadow

The 7.74 acre Dean’s Meadow, together with all existing rights of way, was given to the Trust in December 1992 by Helen E. Dean. Once open meadow used as pastureland for cows, it is now a dense sapling woods with some mature trees and significant rocks, ledge and wetlands.

Mostly level land with a stream of water running through it and a ditch at the northwest end, it is divided from the older woods of Great Brewster Woods by an old stonewall just as the land rises. On the south, the land also rises with larger older trees some of which are cedars. On the western edge are woodland wetlands that make transversing the area difficult.

It is located in a rocky area within a small valley drained by a short intermittant stream, Mohawk Brook, which is a tributary to Little Harbor. The Meadow is a freashwater meadow that floods annually. At the head of the meadow to the south is a small red maple swamp with standing water. Surrounding the meadow and the swamp is a narrow border of vegetation indicative of moist bottomlands.

The variety of habitats include freshwater meadow, red maple swamp, upland forest, and forest edge. The meadow is especially attractive to upland bird species.

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