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Intern Jon Gardner Creates Regional Development Risk Model

Intern Jon Gardner Creates Regional Development Risk Model

This past winter and spring, FLT enlisted the aid of Westfield State senior Jon Gardner to help answer a critical question: what land in FLT’s service area is at the greatest risk of development? Jon, whose background includes an impressive computer modeling skillset, used a Geographic Information System (GIS) program to combine a range of factors including land use, topography, and proximity to highly-traveled roads to predict risk of residential and industrial build-out at a parcel scale. FLT plans to use Jon’s analysis of build-out risk to complement its existing GIS models... Read More
Fly fishing on FLT's recently conserved property

Fly fishing on FLT's recently conserved property

Alan’s first West Branch brook trout, taken on a dry fly and released un-injured after a fierce battle. This spring, the Franklin Land Trust completed its first fisheries conservation project, protecting over a mile of wild brook trout water on the West Branch North River in Heath on its new Crowningshield property. In the course of the project, FLT’s land protection and stewardship staff have come to appreciate the relevance of wild trout streams to the organization’s conservation mission from a professional perspective… but to really appreciate the Crowningshield project, it... Read More
Good Stewardship: Farmland Conservation & Barn Preservation Go Hand-in-Hand!

Good Stewardship: Farmland Conservation & Barn Preservation Go Hand-in-Hand!

Many thanks to the National Barn Alliance for featuring our Guyette Barn in their most recent blog:  http://barnalliance.org/2015/05/04/good-stewardship-farmland-conservation-barn-preservation-go-hand-in-hand/ To learn more about the Guyette Farm or to contribute to the preservation of this beautiful, historic structure please visit http://www.franklinlandtrust.org/news/help-save-this-historic-barn   Read More
A Hat Trick for Conservation

A Hat Trick for Conservation

A Hat Trick for Conservation The small twist of fate that resulted in conserving the Crowningshield farm in Heath has become a transformative experience for Franklin Land Trust and its partner, Trout Unlimited. In a hat trick for conservation, the collaborative project has conserved a family farm, protected valuable habitat for wild trout, and opened new ... Read More
Virtual Tours of Treasured Places

Virtual Tours of Treasured Places

THE CONSERVATION FUND AND THE FRANKLIN LAND TRUST CREATE VIRTUAL TOURS OF TREASURED AMERICAN PLACES Virtual tours of some of America’s most important places—its parks, waterways and even battlefields—went online this week in Street View in Google Maps. The Conservation Fund and the Franklin Land Trust unveiled a host of sites across the Eastern seaboard that they hiked, paddled, and explored with the Street ViewTrekker, a mapping tool from Google that allows anyone with a screen and internet access to journey beyond the road for a tour of iconic American sites where the Franklin Land Trust and The Conservation Fund played... Read More
The Faces of Forever Farmland

The Faces of Forever Farmland

The land we use to grow our food--whether it's a hilltop dairy farm, a valley vegetable field, or an urban community garden — is irreplaceable. Farmers from farms throughout the region share why preserving their land forever was good for them — and for all of us. Listen to Colrain dairy farmer, Larry Shearer talk about the importance of conserving his beautiful farm with the help of the Franklin Land Trust and the state APR program. Forever Farmland Initiative... Read More
Protecting Our Waterways

Protecting Our Waterways

FLT has facilitated the protection of 564,760 ft of riparian habitat over the roughly 28,000 acres that we conserve.  That is about 106 miles of stream and river and pond edge, just shy of twice the length of the MA stretch of the CT River. Our conservation lands encompass vibrant wild trout streams like Dragon Brook in Shelburne and the Bear River in Ashfield, support thriving communities of delicate stream invertebrates, and provide opportunities for recreation and contemplation along some of the most beautiful waterways in ... Read More
Against All Odds, Hawley Project Closes

Against All Odds, Hawley Project Closes

Working together since 2011, Franklin Land Trust and four families have conserved 750 acres in Hawley. The core of this conservation effort is the 525-acre Singing Brook Farm Trust conservation restriction, a fourth-generation family-owned property managed for timber, wildlife and recreation. Abutting the Singing Brook Farm Trust property are three smaller properties, totaling almost 70 acres, belonging to members of the Sears family and protected with conservation restrictions. Richard Ohmann of Labelle Road granted a conservation restriction on 155 acres of his land that protects ... Read More
Maple Acres Farm: Conserving Land and A Way of Life

Maple Acres Farm: Conserving Land and A Way of Life

  Sarafin Family54 acresWest Chesterfield, MA Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) held by the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, May 2014. Four generations of Sarafins have farmed the fields and forests of Maple Acres Farm. In 1941, Henry and Priscilla Sarafin began farming the land where they raised four children. Priscilla captured the landscape she loved in oil paintings, and Henry logged their woods with a two horse-powered rig—literally pulled by a pair of Belgian draft horses. Henry managed their woodlands in this environmentally ... Read More

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