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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
Indoor Workshop: Accessing Funds to Help Birds, December 8

Indoor Workshop: Accessing Funds to Help Birds, December 8

Indoor Workshop: Accessing Funds to Help Birds This evening workshop highlights Massachusetts birds that are in decline, and how landowners with Forest Stewardship Plans can get funding assistance to improve wildlife habitat in their woods. Thursday, December 8th 6:00pm-7:30pm 5 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls Free and open to all   ... Read More
Today is Giving Tuesday - November 29

Today is Giving Tuesday - November 29

Giving from the Heart Why do you give? What are you thankful for? There are so many reasons why western Massachusetts is a wonderful place to live, work, visit, and raise a family, but many of them stem from the incredible resource that feeds, nourishes, and sustains us all—the land. #GivingTuesday is a day to be thankful for the collective gifts that the land of western Massachusetts provides-- our wild rivers, rolling green hills, fertile farm land, and community of people who appreciate such bounty. Whether it’s an exhilarating hike, a contemplative fishing trip, ... Read More
[VIDEO] - This Land Is My Inspiration

[VIDEO] - This Land Is My Inspiration

How does being outside surrounded by nature affect you? We each have a deeply personal reaction to land. Sometimes we are lucky enough to find a painting or piece of art that evokes that same sense of connection, peace, and wonder. "The Land is My Inspiration" is a short, touching video showcasing five talented painters from Ashfield. Hear from Walt Cudnohufsky, Jaime Young, Jim Murphy, Nina Coler and Mac Sloan Anderson about why they paint and how the land inspires them. These artists share a powerful connection to the land and... Read More

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