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Help us Rebuild the Barn!

Help us Rebuild the Barn!

We’re re-building the ell of the Guyette barn and we need your help! Although the main Guyette barn found a new home elsewhere on our New England landscape, the original Guyette ell was dismantled and stored for us in hope of a future raising. Now’s the time to make the dream of raising the barn a reality but we need your help to rebuild it on its original site and with all of its former glory! The frame is in great shape, and the current Wildlife Habitat Improvement project happening on... Read More
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
Land for Sale, Cummington

Land for Sale, Cummington

  Privacy prevails on this 6.28 Acre lot that will allow you to decompress from work or to simply breathe the fresh air just west of Berkshire County.   Proceeds from the sale of this property will provide funds to FLT to help further its land conservation work.Pittsfield is 20 minutes and Northampton is 35 minutes with Creamery Co-op just minutes up the road. Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, Skiing as well as many cultural opportunities await including Greenwood Music Camp, William Cullen Bryant Homestead and much more. Seller will perc with an accepted offer. $19,900   Pictures and additional details:   http://www.molyneuxrealty.com/ipages/8827/our-listings 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
​2017 in Review

​2017 in Review

600 Acres of Land Conserved in Franklin County The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) helped eleven landowners conserve over 600 acres in seven towns in 2017. The 600 acres consist of a mix of prime agricultural lands in Greenfield and Colrain, watershed lands in Whately and Conway, scenic hilltop land in Shelburne, and vital wildlife habitat in Leverett, Conway, Whately and Heath. “With the support of our members and donors, the Franklin Land Trust has helped ensure that these lands will provide critical services to people and wildlife forever,” said Rich Hubbard, Executive Director of the land... Read More
Save North Pond!

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. GOOD NEWS! We are almost there. To date, we have raised 3/4 of the funds needed to Save North Pond.But we need your help to reach our final goal by June 30, 2019 Only YOU can stop dozens of new houses and waterfront docks from being built on this land.... Read More
Partnerships in Progress

Partnerships in Progress

Thanks to you and your neighbors’ commitment to conservation, Massachusetts is blessed with one of the highest number of land trusts in the country. Many of these land trusts are run by volunteers and are focused on one town or a small region where your knowledge of the local landscape is key to connecting with landowners. Though volunteers play an invaluable role in both staffed and unstaffed land trusts, the business of land conservation and running a land trust can be time-intensive and complicated. FLT has been working with... 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

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