Greener pastures in South Dartmouth

Jan 11, 2021

More green space will be preserved in Dartmouth after the Select Board extended protections on land surrounding Dike Creek at a meeting on Jan. 11.

The board voted to extend a conservation restriction on 21 acres of land adjacent to Bakerville Road’s Dike Creek Reserve — Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s newest property — that stretches to the YMCA on Gulf Road.

Buzzards Bay Coalition Director of Land Protection Allen Decker requested the change at the meeting, in collaboration with DNRT.

According to Decker, this would be “an expansion of protection” on a current restriction, noting that it was initially placed over what is part of the Dartmouth YMCA, but was purchased by the former Children’s Museum and was “separated.”

“It’s a nice component to complete the protection of the larger property, that’s for sure,” Decker said.

He added that agricultural use would be allowed on a portion of the property and that the amendment would enable maintenance of the larger forested area surrounding the lot.

Ultimately, the Select Board unanimously approved amending the restriction.

“It’s a beautiful piece of property,” Select Board Member Stanley Mickelson said. “You identify properties in the best interest of the town for no other reason than to protect our valuable land.”