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In 1995 the Nature Conservancy Connecticut Chapter purchased 0.29 acres of land on School House Road from the Masons Island Company for $100,000 using funds from a bequest of the Jess T. Adkins estate. Mr. Adkins lived on Masons Island for many years and willed the funds to the Conservancy for protecting coastal land in eastern Connecticut. A plaque of recognition is affixed to a boulder near the end of School House Road.
The Conservancy also received a donation of $875,000 from the Masons Island Company of a conservation easement on 47 acres of land including and surrounding the Great Marsh. The western 17 acres of the easement property is salt marsh and is bordered on the north and west by School House and Ram Point roads. The eastern portion is red maple and oak tree upland forest with frontage on Chippechaug Trail.