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​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
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. $39,000   Pictures and additional details:  http://www.mlsfinder.com/ma_mlspin/kw_366/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&property_id=72132202&searchkey=9ce06b16-b6f8-4341-2191-a8b32f73816a     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
Two Lots For Sale, Gill, MA

Two Lots For Sale, Gill, MA

Be a part of history! History of the Gill Town Forest  http://www.gillmass.org/townforest.php On May 8, 2009, The Franklin Land Trust purchased for protection 173 acres on Hoe Shop Road in Gill, owned by the Estate of Acilio R. Sandri. Gill voters accepted the land as a gift to the town and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) supported the protection of this property and agreed to purchase a Conservation Restriction (CR) on approximately 162 acres of the property. The CR prevents any future development on the 162 acres,... Read More
Slate Estate Conserved, surrounded by Satan's Kingdom

Slate Estate Conserved, surrounded by Satan's Kingdom

Slate Estate, Huckle Hill Road, Bernardston, 106 acres The Department of Fish & Game reached out to FLT to collaborate on the conservation of 106 acres of land surrounded on all sides by Satan’s Kingdom Wildlife Management Area in Bernardston. DFG reportedly has been in contact with the Slate family on and off since 1973. Forty years later, over 100 acres of forest and interior forest wetlands are now conserved. This region contains high quality “Biomap Core” habitat and... Read More
Aaron Family Homestead

Aaron Family Homestead

  The Aaron Family Homestead In 2008, Jim Aaron approached the Franklin Land Trust on behalf of his father, then 96 years old. The Aaron family wished to donate a conservation restriction (CR) on the 70-acre family homestead at the end of French Road, just above the Cummington Fairgrounds. Because of unresolved due diligence issues, the CR was never recorded. This past winter, Jim contacted FLT again. His father, now 102 years old, was anxious to put his affairs in order. Jim contracted with Rich Roberge to complete a survey, and... Read More
Two Men in a Barn by Pleun Bouricius

Two Men in a Barn by Pleun Bouricius

Two Men in a Barn by Pleun Bouricius A few weeks ago I spent some time one morning standing around with two men in a very large and very old barn, we three trying to solve a problem. If we’d had them we’d have been thoughtfully pulling on our beards. The barn is a landmark here in Plainfield, and it happens to live down the road from where I do. It is, unfortunately, showing signs of age even more significantly than I do. But then it is also quite a bit older. Until recently it... Read More

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