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Wildlife Photos

Wildlife Photos

We have been fortunate to capture some great images and video of moose, bear, bobcat, beaver, and deer on our wildlife camera these last few weeks at a recently conserved property in Hawley, reminding us why we do what we do and the importance of keeping nature wild.   Our wildlife camera was purchased as part of a grant generously gifted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.   Check back often for updated photos, or submit your wildlife photos to mlsabourin@franklinlandtrust.org for inclusion on our Wildlife page. Check out our Facebook page for recent... Read More
Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday... Read More
​FLT at the Ashfield Film Festival!

​FLT at the Ashfield Film Festival!

FLT at the Ashfield Film Festival!   FLT’s film, “The Land is My Inspiration” was awarded the “Best Film about a Non-Profit” in the 2017 Annual Ashfield Film Festival. This short film showcases Ashfield landscape painters who capture on canvas the essence and beauty of the land we work to protect. Big thanks to the Ashfield Film Festival Committee for supporting our work! To see this short film, visit here. Read More
Peaceful Places [Video]

Peaceful Places [Video]

  Only you can protect our peaceful places for today and tomorrow! Where do you go outside to find peace? The top of a mountain, 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 inherit. For 30 years the Franklin Land Trust... Read More
The Healing Power of Nature

The Healing Power of Nature

Science and popular culture may soon be starting to appreciate something that you have likely known for a long time—being in nature benefits the human body, mind, and spirit. It comes as no surprise to hear that being outside in the woods, surrounded by living, breathing plants, birds, and animals, can decrease your stress levels, improve your mood and fight depression, improve your memory, and improve your general sense of well-being. If you’re walking and getting your heart rate up, all the better. Though many of us have... 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
Meet our new Board Member - Barbara Miller

Meet our new Board Member - Barbara Miller

  FLT is thrilled to welcome Barbara Miller to the Board. Barb recently retired after a long career with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and lives on a conserved farm in Ashfield. We asked her some questions to get to know her better!   1.Why do you think land conservation is important? Land conservation is critical at this time in history because our economy sees development as the highest and best use, therefore it compensates the landowner the most when they need to redeem equity. So, to preserve important farmland and unique landscapes and habitats,... Read More
D2R2 featured in Sports Illustrated

D2R2 featured in Sports Illustrated

Franklin Land Trust's signature fundraising event, the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2) has been featured in two nationally recognized magazines in the past month, Sports Illustrated and Outside Magazine.  In 2014 the ride was the cover article for Bicycling Magazine.  The ride, now in its 12th year, brings in cyclist from all over the United States and Canada as well as international riders from across Europe. Last year's event drew 1,300 riders to the dirt roads of Franklin County and southern Vermont.  This year's ride will take place on Saturday,... Read More

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