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Winter Fun in Franklin County!

Winter Fun in Franklin County!

We hope everyone has been enjoying the first major snow of the season here in western Mass! Now seems like the perfect time to share one of our latest projects - an interactive map of fun activities you and your family can find in Franklin County this winter: https://bit.ly/37tpPCE Check back over the next few weeks as we add in more of your suggestions, and please let us know if we missed a cherished spot. If you use the map ... Read More
Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series

Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series

Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, a subsidiary of the Franklin Land Trust, partners with Northern Woodlands, and New England Forestry Foundation to present a  Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series. Join us as we explore examples of how to grow, build, and live with beautiful and sustainable local wood products at different scales—from furniture to homes to institutional buildings.   January 20th, 2pm-3:30: Tree to Table February 24th, 2pm-3:30: Woods to Home March 17th, 2pm-3:30:Forests to Cities Tree to Table: ... Read More
June News and Views

June News and Views

The spring of 2020 has been a lesson in adaptation. As our nation shut down due to COVID19, we saw individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, and service organizations develop safe systems to continue moving forward with grit, grace, and determination. Franklin Land Trust is no different. We too have continued to move forward throughout these challenging times, creatively and persistently finding ways ... Read More
FLT Covid-19 Safety Policy

FLT Covid-19 Safety Policy

Franklin Land Trust Safety Policy The staff of the Franklin Land Trust are continuing to meet with landowners about new conservation projects and have already begun the annual work of land stewardship monitoring that are attendant to our mission. This year, in the interest of the health and well-being of all concerned, we are taking the steps that are consistent with the Governor's public health guidelines. We hope that our friends in the community understand the rationale behind our efforts to stay healthy, productive, and comfortable in our work. ... Read More
The Whole Landscape Catalog

The Whole Landscape Catalog

We find ourselves improbably, impossibly cooped up in our homes for an undetermined amount of time: grateful, stunned, apprehensive, uncertain, counting jars of applesauce. How did this happen? In some ways it is terrifying, in some ways, comforting; if we stay off the retail internet long enough, maybe the whole thing could even be therapeutic, in a bizarre kind of a way. Here we are: ships in a bottle, occupants of our own terrariums, enrolled in encounter groups with our spouses. Has anything like this ever happened before? ... Read More
Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Take a look at our Spring 2020 Newsletter for information about Farming, Local Wood, Wildlife, safe local Hikes and more!  Newsletter Spring 2020 Read More
Top 10 Favorite Local Hikes

Top 10 Favorite Local Hikes

 As we adjust to a new normal, many people are turning to nature for exercise, inspiration, and peace. But it can be hard to know where to go locally and how to get there. To make it easier to find places to go, Franklin Land Trust would like to share our favorite local hiking trails with you and your family. Click the links for maps, directions, and more information. Happy Trails! Read More
A Letter from the Executive Director - Coronavirus Update

A Letter from the Executive Director - Coronavirus Update

We are all doing our best, in these challenging days, to maintain our health, our equilibrium, and our productivity. After consultation with our board and with colleagues throughout the non-profit field, we have decided to postpone scheduled gatherings for the month of March and have asked that our staff prepare to work in their home offices for the remainder of the month. Our staff can still be reached by calling the office (413-625-9151) and dialing their extensions or contacting them via email. We will continue to keep our conservation projects for the year moving... Read More
Year in Review

Year in Review

You made a difference in 2019! You helped to permanently protect important land that provides critical habitat for wildlife, clean air to breathe, and clean water for you and your family. Because of you, FLT has conserved a total of 32,925 acres of forests, farms and waterways over the last 33 years, creating resilient lands that are part of the climate change solution. We deeply value your commitment to protecting the land you love. Thank you! To find out more about the work that you helped us achieve, visit our Annual... Read More
Voluntary Public Access

Voluntary Public Access

Do you allow public access on your land? If not, would you consider it? Franklin Land Trust’s Voluntary Public Access Program has money to purchase easements that allow public access on your land. You can choose between temporary (10 years) or permanent public access easements on all or part of your land. Payment rates are based on how much land you enroll and the activities you choose to allow. ... Read More

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