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Dean Farm Conserved

Dean Farm Conserved

Greenfield Recorder - Richie Davis      SHELBURNE – Before his death nearly a year ago, longtime Franklin Land Trust contributor and board president Charles Cohn purchased 21 acres of the former Dean farm on Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne’s Patten District. Cohn, a former Wall Street broker who moved to Shelburne in 1978 to become a financial adviser and who was dedicated to protecting farmland and other natural resources of the region, bought the 72-acre farm in 2016 to keep it from being subdivided... Read More
Franklin Land Trust accepts 124 acres in Shelburne

Franklin Land Trust accepts 124 acres in Shelburne

Greenfield Recorder - Richie Davis     SHELBURNE — When it comes to “scenic byways,” the Mohawk Trail through Shelburne readily comes to mind, and now a conservation restriction has been placed on a 124-acre property directly along the highway to preserve it as woodland and pastureland. Franklin Land Trust helped the Town of Shelburne accept a conservation restriction on property of John A. and Margaret G. Payne, the land trust using $400,000 in state Scenic Byways funding just before the Nov. 16 death of... Read More
Saving a stunning view for generations to come

Saving a stunning view for generations to come

Greenfield Recorder - Wednesday, December 26, 2018 ERVING — The view from the French King Bridge is stunning, drawing visitors to stop for photos or to simply take in the panorama year-round. What those visitors may not know is that the view is protected though land preservation efforts like the 5.39 acres recently purchased by Franklin Land. That land is just west of the French King Restaurant and Motel. The Nov. 27 acquisition from the Prondecki family, which has owned the land surrounding the restaurant and motel since the 1950s, completes the four corners of the... Read More
A heartfelt thanks to land preservationists

A heartfelt thanks to land preservationists

Greenfield Recorder  Those who appreciate the pastoral nature of Franklin County owe that rural ambience to the many landowners and farmers who shield their fields and forests from development. Many of them work with local land trusts to preserve that protection in perpetuity. And so it is we all — residents or visitors, driving or bicycling — get to enjoy this picturesque backdrop in our travels. Franklin Land Trust has protected 34,000 acres in our region over 32 years, for example, and since 1986, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust has helped protect more... Read More
Conserving Land for You (Annual Report)

Conserving Land for You (Annual Report)

Thanks to you—our faithful land conservation supporter—significant lands throughout western Massachusetts are now permanently conserved. With your help, the Franklin Land Trust closed out our 31st year with the completion of 11 new projects, permanently protecting 1,032 acres in 2018. Because of you, FLT has helped to conserve a total of 32,000 acres of forests, farms and waterways over the last 32 years. We tip our hats to you! View Annual Report   Read More
Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton

In early September, FLT’s Executive Director Rich Hubbard announced his plans to retire in 2019. After 14 successful years with FLT, Rich has decided it is time to move on and enjoy his new grandchildren. FLT’s Board could not be more appreciative of the fine work Rich has done on behalf of all of us and our beloved western Massachusetts home. Our beautiful landscape of active farms, woodlands and wildlife habitat would be so different now if Rich hadn’t been there to ensure that this valuable resource has... Read More
Thank You!

Thank You!

D2R2 was a huge success because of all our wonderful volunteers, hosts and sponsors. Without you, this remarkable ride wouldn't be possible. And to our riders, thank you for making the day an incredible adventure for all of us!  Even the weather couldn't keep your spirits down!    Check out #D2R2 on social media for thousands of great photographs and stories from the day.   Our 2018 Hosts Pioneer Gardens, Inc., Deerfield, MA www.pioneergardens.com Paul Chapley, Deerfield, MA Bill & Sharon Melnik, Deerfield, MA Janet Clark &... Read More
Charlie Cohn

Charlie Cohn

We were deeply saddened to say goodbye to the former President and Treasurer of the FLT Board and longtime friend, Charlie Cohn. FLT’s first Executive Director, Mark Zenick, sent along his reflections on Charlie. While I was so fortunate to have Charlie as a prized and beloved friend for more than four decades, the land preservation community knew no more ardent champion of rural values and rural landscapes. While leading the Franklin Land Trust, I so benefitted from Charlie’s keen insight and implacable wisdom during his long tenure on FLT’s Board of Directors. He taught me and reminded... Read More
“Bee” a Beecologist: Webinar 2/24

“Bee” a Beecologist: Webinar 2/24

Interested in becoming a ‘beecologist’? Please join our friend, Dr. Rob Gegear, for the first Beecology Project Webinar “Bee the Change” on February 24th from 12pm-1pm. He’ll give you the buzz about bumblebees, tell you about some of his online resources, and teach you how to use the new smartphone apps (Android and iPhone) to conduct bumblebee research in your own backyard! Bumblebees play a role in maintaining ecosystem health and biodiversity throughout Massachusetts, yet many... Read More

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