Candid Camera

By Alex Wahlstrom  In Plainfield, on the edge of a babbling Meadow Brook, a great blue heron steps into focus. No more than two feet away from the camera lens, the heron cautiously continues to work the edge of the water. A few days later, in the woods of Heath, a Coyote darts through a…

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Somebody Has to Be Here

By Sebastian LaMontagne In 2022, millions of Americans were introduced to the minutiae of land conservation through an unexpected source, the television series Yellowstone on the Paramount Network. The show revolves around the fictional Dutton family, who own the vast Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in Montana, led by Kevin Costner’s portrayal of John Dutton III, the…

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Article by Sebastian LaMontagne  “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl” says Thelma Nye Pilgrim as we walk across the open field behind her homestead in Plainfield. Thelma has lived in Springfield Massachusetts, Hartford and Wallingford in Connecticut, and even Florida over the…

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From Woods to Home: Two Local Homes Tour

Celebrating the connections between sound woodland management, wildlife habitat and the local wood economy Saturday, October 28th 10am-Noon This event is free and open to all! Our beautiful woodlands provide a home to a wide variety of wildlife. They can also help people make a house and a home. Come visit two locally grown homes…

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Letter From The Executive Director

Preserving a multi-generational legacy poses numerous challenges for landowners, ranging from succession planning to economic pressures. Each family’s situation is unique, and in our new series of blog posts covering some the work we’ve done this year, we explore the differing approaches that two such families took to conserving their land. In “Home Is Where…

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Our First Hawk Watch Was A Success!

On Wednesday, September 27th, we had a wonderful time watching hawks and other birds at Apex Orchards, one of the properties that the Franklin Land Trust helped to Conserve. About 50 people joined us for this informal event, led by Land Steward Alex Wahlstrom. Alex shared his passion and knowledge of birdwatching with us, as…

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What Is the “Forests As Climate Change Solutions” Initiative?

The Healey-Driscoll Administration in Massachusetts has announced a new initiative called “Forests as Climate Solutions” to optimize carbon sequestration and address climate change in the state. The initiative aims to expand existing state programs, invest in forest conservation, establish forest reserves, and develop forest management guidelines based on the latest climate science. These guidelines will…

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Read the Wild Lands in New England Report

The Wildlands in New England study is the first of its kind in the United States, mapping and characterizing all permanently conserved lands in one region that are managed to be forever wild. The report addresses three main questions: the location of the Wildlands in New England, their characteristics, and their current protection status. The…

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Franklin County Photo Contest

Welcome to the Franklin County Photo Contest! Capture the beauty of your favorite place in Franklin County and stand a chance to win a $100 Atlas Farm gift card. Show off the stunning landscapes and hidden gems that make this county special. Simply snap a photo of your favorite spot and send it to slamontagne@franklinlandtrust.org.…

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Register to Attend Our Member’s Picnic

Join us for a delightful summer evening at the Franklin Land Trust Member’s Picnic on June 23rd, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We’re excited to gather at the beautiful Edge Hill Golf Course, located at 298 Barnes Road in Ashfield.This event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow members, enjoy the outdoors, and…

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