Miller family donates nearly 100 acres to Roxbury Land Trust
Published 3:46 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Miller, who grew up in Roxbury, continues the legacy of her father, iconic playwright Arthur Miller, in preserving land.
In 2014, she challenged the land trust to raise the funds necessary to buy a 20-acre parcel adjacent to the land she wanted to donate to connect the land to Painter Hill Road and create an extended greenbelt.
The land trust launched a Greenbelt Expansion Project fundraising campaign in February 2014.
"We were very gratified by the response from the neighbors, who gave so generously to help preserve this beautiful swath of forest and uplands in perpetuity," said Marc Olivieri, vice president of the Roxbury Land Trust.
Olivieri was chairman of the campaign.
In 2005, the estate of Arthur Miller donated 55 acres of land along Tophet Road, which became the Arthur Miller and Inge Morath Miller Preserve in honor of the late playwright and his wife, a well-known photographer and the mother of Rebecca Miller.
That preserve, which is contiguous to the newly donated land, connects to four other nature preserves, totaling nearly 720 acres of open space.
"I am very happy to be able to preserve the land we love so much," said Miller. "We believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the Roxbury Land Trust, which has done extraordinary work to preserve the rural nature of where we live."
"The Roxbury Land Trust is very grateful for this generous gift from Rebecca Miller," said Susan Payne, the trust's executive director.
"The land is wild and rugged, and fits so well with our effort to enhance the connections between multiple preserves in order to provide large expanses of undisturbed wildlife habitat and woodlands," she said.
Payne said a trail will eventually be built to connect both parcels to the Good Hill Farm Preserve trail system.
For more information, visit www.roxburylandtrust.org or call 860-350-4148.