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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Clessons River Farm Tour

On June 1st, join Director of Stewardship Will Sloan Anderson and hosts Melissa and Adam Griffin and Paul and Judy Willis as they give a tour of the improvements made at Clessons River Farm in Buckland. Highlight will be the recently installed robotic milking machine, made by Lely of the Netherlands. Melissa reports that their…

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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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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 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 Scheffey’s 190+ acre, conserved and managed woodlot in…

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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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