Ilacqua Wildlife Conservation Area
“Both my wife and I are animal nuts,” said the late Tony Ilacqua, explaining why he and his wife Carol conserved their hundred acres in Littleton. They wanted the many species of wildlife – “all the critters,” as Carol put it – to have a permanent home.
They also wanted to pass the land they love on to their children and granddaughter, who live on the property. Tony, a passionate advocate of clean energy, recycling, and natural resource sustainability, served on the ACT Board of Trustees
The Ilacqua's conservation agreement recognizes that the mostly wooded property provides habitat to wildlife, and by protecting it from further development, helps protect water quality in a nearby pond, and a tributary stream of the Ammonoosuc River. While it is now up to Carol to decide about public access, she and Tony for years have allowed a state snowmobile trail through the property, and their walking trails are enjoyed by neighbors and visitors.
This generous donation by the Ilacquas is the first private, voluntary conservation easement in Littleton. It is a tremendous gift for the community.