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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Winter Animal Tracking

Have you ever wondered what animals get up to in the winter? Do you have a penchant for solving mysteries? Join naturalist Cesi Marseglia at Guyette Farm for an introduction to winter animal tracking. Together we will be learning the best methods for identifying tracks and sign, how to trail an animal and recognize gaits,…

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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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FLT Completes Acquisition of Edge Hill Golf Course

The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) is proud to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield, Massachusetts. The purchase was made possible by the generous donations of FLT supporters and an anonymous foundation grant. “We would like to thank the Graves Family for their partnership and patience throughout this…

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Are you cold yet?

Image by Tobias LaMontagne Boy does time fly! Yesterday evening the hilltowns witnessed the second snowfall of the season, a dusting of thick flakes. It’s hard to believe the snow is back and it’s nearly Thanksgiving again! We have lots to be grateful for as we enter the cold season. We want to thank you…

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Forestry Discussion

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER This event is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute (MWI). Continuing forestry education credits for licensed foresters are available for attendance at this event. Join FLT’s Director of Stewardship Will Sloan Anderson, property owner Liz Scheffey, and her family’s forester Mike Mauri on a tour of the…

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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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