"It is our duty to safeguard this habitat," Williams said.
Williams said she hoped that state, county, town and other local representatives would find a means to preserve the parcel in its entirety.
"This is an endangered area to have a sustainable preserve," she said.
Feeney said the planning board has added to the preserve by negotiating with the developer for the donated 80 acres of the parcel.
"We are as restrictive to development as you've seen anywhere," he said. "We have worked hard to preserve significant areas of this space, but people have the right to pursue development."
"We have done the best and as good as we can get," planning board member James Cohen said.""