Join Us For a Conservation Celebration!

We will celebrate the conservation of Antonellis Farm, a 166-acre treasure along the Deerfield River on July 31st from 5pm to 6pm. The celebration will take place on Old Ferry Road in Deerfield MA. Look for the tents! This multigenerational farm, managed by siblings Michael and Jennifer Antonellis, continues a legacy started by their grandfather,…

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Ciesluk Farm Conserved

The Ciesluk Farm, a 166-acre gem nestled along the Deerfield River, is one of a shrinking number of multigenerational farms in New England. Frank E. Ciesluk, who purchased nearly 200 acres of fertile farmland along the Deerfield River in the early 20th century, laid the foundation for this enduring legacy. His grandchildren, Jennifer Antonellis and…

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47 Acres Conserved in Deerfield North Meadows

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of a conservation restriction in collaboration with Historic Deerfield. The conservation restriction donated from Historic Deerfield to the Franklin Land Trust was recorded on May 10th, 2024. The project secures 47.9 acres of ecologically valuable land, encompassing more than 25 acres of Prime Farmland Soils, diverse wetlands,…

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Edge Hill Trail Race

We extend our gratitude to all the runners who participated in the inaugural Edge Hill Trail Run on June 29th 2024. This event was a collaboration between the Franklin Land Trust and Beast Coast Trail Running. The race started and ended at the Edge Hill Conservation Area—a property with a rich history as a farm…

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The Old Dean Farm

The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) is pleased to announce that Catherine “Kiki” Smith, wife of the late Charlie Cohn, FLT’s former board President and Treasurer, has generously donated a conservation restriction (CR) on approximately 47 acres of land on the east side of Reynolds and Patten Roads in Shelburne. The land, which was part of…

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You Can Never Make More Land

Kenburn Orchards Farm is a 151-acre property in Shelburne, Massachusetts, that has been in the same family for nearly 100 years. Thanks to Susan and Larry Flaccus, the current owners of the farm, it has now been conserved. Susan and Larry generously sold a conservation restriction on their land for a price lower than the…

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Dynamic Forest Event

Healthy forests are important for clean water, wildlife habitat, wood products, and providing climate benefits. Visit Franklin Land Trust’s Guyette Farm to see how this 100 acre property provides diverse habitat, from thick young poplar stands to towering stately pines. Join us for a talk on the dynamic forest and a forest tour to learn…

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Pollinator Walk

Come learn about native pollinators and pollinator plants at the Crowningshield Conservation Area! The town of Heath, Massachusetts has some of the greatest pollinator diversity in the state. Program leader Cesi Marseglia will walk us through a preliminary introduction to native bees, wasps, and butterflies, while also introducing the plants they’re visiting. Why are native…

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Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Press Release

The Massachusetts Woodlands Institute and the Franklin Land Trust RECEIVE GRANT FOR Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture 2023 Coldwater Stewardship Small Grants Program Engaging Land Stewards in Fisheries Habitat Restoration in the lower Deerfield Watershed Headwaters of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Emily Boss, MWI, Executive Director] 413 625 9151 emily@masswoodlands.org January 2nd 2023 The Massachusetts…

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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

  Join us February 24th at 6:00pm for a full moon snowshoe hike through the Schoelzel trails of Hawley and into the Kenneth M Dubuque Forest, led by Hugh Schoelzel. If the sky is clear, we will get to enjoy stunning views of the stars and explore the winter landscape by the light of the…

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