Conserved Lands

Because of you, FLT has helped to conserve over 34,000 acres of forests, farms, and waterways over the last 34 years.

Since the Franklin Land Trust’s founding in 1987, we have accepted over 130 conservation restrictions (CR) or agricultural preservation restrictions (APR) on private land and a small number of gifts of property. Most of our CRs and APRs are donated tous by the landowners and occasionally the land trust raises funds to purchase restrictions. Our restrictions range in size from 1 to 300 acres and are located in over two-dozen towns across Franklin County region.

The Franklin Land Trust owns conservation areas in Shelburne, Heath, Plainfield, and Buckland that are open to the public for passive recreation including hiking, fishing, bird watching, hunting and nature study. All of our conservation areas are managed under management plans that address public access and environmental education, wildlife habitat conservation and forestry management. We strive to improve all aspects of the properties with trail construction, workshops, invasive species control and work with local, state, federal and volunteer groups to achieve our goals.

Learn more about our conservation projects below, and check out Places to Visit for information on lands that are open to the public. 

FLT Lands 1987-2020

New Lands Conserved this Year
(thru 12/31/2020)
7 Projects: 369.241 acres

Previously-conserved Lands

Total Regional Open Space

Conserved Lands Since 1987

Town by Town Summary
1987-2020
Includes all Assisted and FLT held projects

Ashfield 42 2958
Ashfield/Buckland 1 215
Ashfield/Conway 1 24
Bernardston 4 365
Bernardston/Leyden 1 133
Buckland 10 579
Charlemont 19 1019
Charlemont/Heath 1 440
Colrain 19 2463
Colrain/Shelburne 2 107
Conway 30 2477
Conway/Ashfield 1 160
Conway/Buckland 1 124
Cummington 1 82
Deerfield 55 2073
Easthampton 1 59
Erving 8 40
Gill 10 508
Greenfield 10 514
Greenfield/Bernardston 1 128
Hadley 8 669
Hatfield 1 22
Hawley 18 2069
Heath 27 2147
Leverett 6 4018
Leyden 27 2122
Monroe 1 48
Montague 14 794
Montague/Wendell 1 100
Northfield 5 364
Orange 1 9
Plainfield 9 736
Plainfield/Cummington 1 26
Plainfield/Cummington/Ashfield 1 475
Rowe 3 203
Shelburne 19 1681
Shutesbury 1 11
Southampton 1 108
Southwick 2 145
Sunderland 21 576
Sunderland/Hadley 1 182
Wendell 3 88
Wendell/New Salem 2 66
West Chesterfield 1 54
Westfield 2 69
Whately 28 1612
Worthington 1 313
Total # Projects & Acres 423 33175