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Franklin Land Trust Acquires 154 Acres in Heath on the West Branch of the North River

Franklin Land Trust Acquires 154 Acres in Heath on the West Branch of the North River

       Franklin Land Trust (FLT) recently acquired for conservation 154 acres in Heath abutting its 96-acre Crowningshield Conservation Area (CCA). The 154-acre parcel purchase – which took place on June 25th, 2020 from the Gudell Family – was supported by funding from MA Fish and Game; local, state and national chapters of Trout Unlimited; the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation; the William P. Wharton Trust; and Franklin Land Trust’s Heath Conservation Fund. Tom Curren, FLT Executive Director, is thrilled to see this project cross the finish line. “This... Read More
Conserving land is part of the climate change solution!

Conserving land is part of the climate change solution!

Rowan Baker and Daniela Steiner love their 40-acre forest land on March Road in Ashfield. They inherited this land from Rowan’s mother, and wanted to ensure that the streams, wetlands and small pond would be protected forever. They worked with FLT to conserve this beautiful forest land and were also able to save a house lot within the parcel to accommodate their future dreams. The property abuts another large parcel of land conserved by FLT, creating a large corridor of protected land that will benefit wildlife that need space to survive... Read More
Keeping Forests as Forests - Forever

Keeping Forests as Forests - Forever

Richard French and Emily Samuels donated a conservation restriction (CR) on a 58-acre wood lot overlooking Barton’s Cove along the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway or Route 2 as it is more commonly known. Dick French has owned and managed the lot for timber since purchasing it in 2011 and wished to conserve the land so it will always be available for long term forestry growth as well as supporting the diverse wildlife including songbirds that frequent the deep forest and shrubby habitat on the land. The tall white pines and hardwoods... Read More
Pumpkin Hollow Protected!

Pumpkin Hollow Protected!

This spring the Franklin Land Trust accepted two conservation restrictions from Bill Sheehan and Katherine Robertson of Conway that protect the two small fields in Conway’s historic Pumpkin Hollow. More recently known as the epicenter of the February 2017 tornado touchdown, Pumpkin Hollow was historically the center of town with a church, school, store, inn, harness shop, and wagon shop. Once the land was conserved the two parcels were sold to the respective neighbors to continue to be used for agriculture, gardening, wildlife habitat, ... Read More
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
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

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