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From now until Thursday, April 27th each vote in the Just Cause contest qualifies us to win $1,500! Please view our video, Vote and then confirm your vote by clicking they link in your email. VIEW VIDEO   Read More
Save North Pond!

Save North Pond!

Join the fight to save the pristine shores of North Pond in Southwick! We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect the only remaining undeveloped land on North Pond. Two parcels of over 144 acres could be turned into 85 new homes on South Longyard Road and along the shores of North Pond.We need to raise $1 million before the fall of 2017 to save this land for future generations to enjoy.  Learn more Read More
Valley Gives Day - May 2nd

Valley Gives Day - May 2nd

  Only you can protect our peaceful places for today and tomorrow! Where do you go outside to find peace? The top of a mountain, beside a roaring stream, a hammock in your backyard, or a quiet drive on a country road? Spending time outside renews, restores and refuels us as we navigate our way through an unrelenting and fast paced world. Your support helps save places for everyone to find their own peaceful refuge. Each day, development threatens our natural places, and endangers the water, air and lands that your kids will... Read More
D2R2, August 19th

D2R2, August 19th

What is D2R2? Each August close to 1,500 bicyclists  descend on Franklin County to participate in the nation’s largest dirt-road cycling event, the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée. Hosted by Franklin Land Trust (FLT), last year the ride attracted cyclists from 26 states and 5 countries. This year, which marks the 12th anniversary of the event, promises to be the best yet! “D2R2,” as the ride has been nicknamed, offers EIGHT dirt-road courses ranging in length from a16... Read More
A Guide to Land Conservation & Management Programs

A Guide to Land Conservation & Management Programs

Making Sense of Land Programs The vast majority of western Massachusetts woodlands are owned and cared for by private individuals and families. Privately owned lands provide clean air, water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and contribute to the scenic beauty of our region. The decisions private landowners make about their land will determine what our region looks like in the future. There are a wide range of programs offering expertise, funding, tax benefits, and help in taking care of land. However, the programs can be confusing and difficult to... Read More
Conway Tornado Clean Up

Conway Tornado Clean Up

FLT was happy to mobilize our members and supporters to help our friends and neighbors in Conway who were impacted by the recent tornado. About 40 volunteers joined FLT staff and board members in cleaning up debris in a hayfield, wetland, and stream in Pumpkin Hollow, the neighborhood that was hit the worst by the storm. Thanks to the Maggs and Sheehans for welcoming us on their land, the 9th grade at the Academy of Charlemont and all the volunteers that helped us make short work of the clean-up, as well... Read More
Snowshoers & Hikers Welcome

Snowshoers & Hikers Welcome

Last week our Land Steward, Emily Johnson, led a small group of volunteers on a snowshoe hike at Guyette Farm in Plainfield. Open to the public and accessible year-round, Guyette Farm boasts diverse habitat with lots of evidence of wildlife! Over the past several years, the Franklin Land Trust has been managing Guyette Farm's old pastures to provide early successional habitat for wildlife browsing. After having spent hot autumn days cutting to promote juniper and blueberry, Emily - also... Read More
Winter Tracking, Ecology and Tree ID hike with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, Tuesday, February 21st

Winter Tracking, Ecology and Tree ID hike with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, Tuesday, February 21st

February vacation event for kids, families and community members! Winter Nature Walk with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas Tuesday, February 21st 1-3 pm Walnut Hill Woods, Buckland Suggested donation $5/person or $10/family Kids, families and community members are invited to join naturalist guide and Tamarack Hollow Director Aimee Gelinas for a winter nature walk at one of FLT’s newest properties.... Read More
Woodland Connections for Women - Friday, February 10, 2017

Woodland Connections for Women - Friday, February 10, 2017

Woodland Connections for Women Friday, February 10, 2017 11AM-1PM Charlemont Free. Lunch and discussion, followed by optional snowshoe/walk in the woods   Women offer a unique perspective when it comes to caring for the natural world. From managing wildlife habitat to working with your family to determine the future of the land, women face an array of weighty issues concerning... Read More
Woodland Connections for Women, April 21, 2016

Woodland Connections for Women, April 21, 2016

Woodland Connections for Women Thursday, April 21st 10AM-12PM Bidwell House, Monterey Free and Open to all   Easy walk in the woods followed by lunch and discussion   Women offer a unique perspective when it comes to caring for the natural world. From managing wildlife habitat to working with your family to determine the future of the land, women face an array of weighty issues concerning land ownership.   Come join other women for an enjoyable and easy woods walk through carefully tended trails at the Bidwell House led by a skilled naturalist. The walk will be followed by a... Read More