Land once studied by Thoreau eyed for preservation

Posted April 29, 2012, at 8:02 p.m.

CONCORD, Mass. — A nonprofit group that seeks to preserve the legacy of writer Henry David Thoreau is offering the town of Concord $2.8 million to protect nearly 35 acres of land at the former landfill.

The site is considered a key area studied by Thoreau in the 19th century.

The Boston Globe reports that the landfill is capped but the town uses it for leaf composting and snow disposal. Town officials are interested in installing a solar installation for the municipal light department.

The proposal calls for the Walden Woods Project to pay the town in exchange for a conservation restriction. It will eventually go before voters at Town Meeting.

The group was founded by former Eagles member Don Henley in 1990 when land was threatened by commercial development.