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Don't Get Bogged Down. Rise Up With Us!
Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Mass., is famous among Catholics nationwide and even for the casual tourist of western Massachusetts. We've got the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, outdoor statuary, and quiet places for spiritual contemplation.
But Eden Hill is famous to environmentalists as well. Indeed, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception were "green" before green became cool.
About 30 years ago, the congregation placed 115 acres of its Eden Hill property in a conservation restriction. These weren't any old 115 acres. These comprised a sizable chunk of Kampoosa Bog, an environmental gem harboring 23 known rare plant species, two known rare animal species, and many other unusual ones. Kampoosa is the largest, most unspoiled, and environmentally significant bog in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the conservation restriction protects the priceless land from development or any harmful man-made action (ditch digging, drainage, damming) that would compromise the pristine land.
You can see parts of the bog from Eden Hill's main parking lot, but the public is not permitted to enter it. But here, for the first time, we can offer you a bird's eye view, thanks to our aerial camera.