For more than 2 years, our family has been working to negotiate the sale of a conservation easement (called Conservation Restrictions or CRs in MA and CT) on +/- 19.55 acres of our beloved "Windrock" in Wareham, MA. This is what I do professionally, but this time it is on behalf of my children, parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Saving land takes time, and getting agreement on the terms of a CR on behalf of so many when there are two co-holders and a host of reviewers is a tall order. There are many ups and downs and you learn to hold a steady course and respond in a timely fashion to whatever challenge arises.
I don't want to jinx it. But we are now within three weeks of a tentative closing data and we are feverishly working through the conservation transaction punch list. Our family has come together in an extraordinary way to do what is right for the property and honor the love and conservation vision of my grandparents Robert and Athalia Barker, who bought the place more than 61 years ago and wanted it to remain in the family and as intact and unspoilt as possible. Selling this CR allows us to retain title to the entire property and helps ensure that we can maintain it as we have loved it for future generations to enjoy.
We can see the runway and are preparing to land. When it is over and we all can exhale, I'll share the details.