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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Creating Gardens in the Spirit of Place

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED July 8th, 10am-12pm Hawley, MA Join Julie Fisher and Ron Gorevic as they look back on the journey of creating their gardens from an untamed environment full of its own history— the joys and challenges, headaches and surprises of crafting beautiful spaces from wildness, spaces that seamlessly blend with…

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Career Day Inspires Students

On the morning of May 11, 2023,  Green Industry professionals and employers attended an event to promote their professions to the students and faculty at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, MA. It was an opportunity to offer exposure to jobs and careers that young adults may have had little awareness of. The aim was…

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Lori Austin Teaches the Art of Noticing

On May 16th, Franklin Land Trust kicked off a new workshop series with the first of five classes in nature journaling. Fifteen eager journalers were in attendance, all pleased to be outdoors enjoying the temperate breezy weather and the beautiful landscape of Guyette Farm, one of Franklin Land Trust’s most iconic properties. The classes are…

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Nature Journaling Course

This event was supported in part by the Cummington Cultural Council, the Plainfield Cultural Council, and the Ashfield Cultural Council, which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.  What is the purpose of a nature journal? Spending time absorbed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the outside world can spark joy…

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The Franklin Land Trust Receives Gift Of 151 Acres in Ashfield

    The Franklin Land Trust is delighted to announce that it has received a generous gift on the part of the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc., of 151 acres on Spruce Corner Road in Ashfield. In 2001, the Franklin Land Trust led a grassroots effort to prevent this quiet piece of land, owned for generations…

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