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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
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

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