Honor To The Hills: An Appreciation of Tony Borton’s Life

Tony Borton with family

The life of Tony Borton, a trustee of Franklin Land Trust and an active community leader in Conway, was remembered at a service held at his home on July 24, 2021.  His conservation advocacy-on-the-ground was legendary, and his life and soul inspired a harvest of remembrances, including the following: Tony Borton was an easy guy…

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The Warner Hill Landscape Partnership

View from Warner Hill of a lawn and hills at sunset

Franklin Land Trust is proud to announce the permanent protection of just under 700 acres of contiguous forests in the uplands of Charlemont and Rowe, Massachusetts. This project, the culmination of more than six years of work, was one of the largest conservation projects completed in the state in the past year.  Made possible by…

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Local Farms, Local Food

farm stand

We are nestled within one of the country’s great agricultural hubs. Once called The Breadbasket of New England, the Connecticut River Valley is home to some of the most productive farmland in the nation. In western Massachusetts, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties account for 28 percent of farms in the entire state. Built on a…

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Top 10 Favorite Local Hikes

woman hiking in the forest

As we adjust to a new normal, many people are turning to nature for exercise, inspiration, and peace. But it can be hard to know where to go locally and how to get there. To make it easier to find places to go, Franklin Land Trust would like to share our favorite local hiking trails…

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Responding to a Changing Forest

Each year we see the impact of climate change in our region: intense heat and cold; extreme rain and wind events; and shorter winters with less snow cover. These changes have an impact on the plants and animals on the land. As our climate shifts, our forested land will shift with it. Increased pests, invasive…

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Winter Fun in Franklin County!

We hope everyone has been enjoying the first major snow of the season here in western Mass! Now seems like the perfect time to share one of our latest projects – an interactive map of fun activities you and your family can find in Franklin County this winter: https://bit.ly/37tpPCE Check back over the next few…

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Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series

Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, a subsidiary of the Franklin Land Trust, partners with Northern Woodlands, and New England Forestry Foundation to present a  Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series. Join us as we explore examples of how to grow, build, and live with beautiful and sustainable local wood products at different scales—from furniture to homes…

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June News and Views

The spring of 2020 has been a lesson in adaptation. As our nation shut down due to COVID19, we saw individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, and service organizations develop safe systems to continue moving forward with grit, grace, and determination. Franklin Land Trust is no different. We too have continued to move forward throughout these challenging…

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FLT Covid-19 Safety Policy

Franklin Land Trust Safety Policy The staff of the Franklin Land Trust are continuing to meet with landowners about new conservation projects and have already begun the annual work of land stewardship monitoring that are attendant to our mission. This year, in the interest of the health and well-being of all concerned, we are taking…

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