FLT Works To Conserve Scenic Edge Hill Golf Course

Aerial view of Edge Hill in Ashfield

Working with landowner Mark Graves and with neighborhood conservationists, Franklin Land Trust has entered into an option agreement that provides for the purchase of either a conservation restriction or fee ownership of the Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield. The 147-acre property was managed as a dairy farm for many years by the Graves family,…

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59 acres of Ashfield farmland conserved

CAL AND JOAN CLARK, ASHFIELD, 59.95 ACRES CONSERVATION RESTRICTION These newly conserved properties are south of the 367 +/- acres the Clarks conserved in 2007 and 2008 with FLT and abut both the Poland Brook WMA and TTOR’s Chapel Brook Reservation. The parcels abut other conserved land and are in a region of significantly large…

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Golf Tournament – June 11, 2022

Edge Hill Golf Tournament 298 Barnes Rd, Ashfield, MA June 11, 2022 Registration 11am – 12pm Shotgun start noon Four Person Scramble Join us for a day of fun on the greens. FLT is seeking teams and sponsors for this inaugural event. Your support not only buys you a fun day of golf including greens…

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Earth Day Tracking Workshop – April 22

Have you ever wondered how to tell where animals have been once there’s no longer snow on the ground? Would you like to enliven your experiences in the forest by sharpening your perception? To celebrate Earth Day and in honor of Give Back to the Land Day – local naturalist Cesi Marseglia and FLT’s Head…

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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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