Re-wilding The Mind: Book Discussion Group

Photo by Dr Robert A. Jonas M.T.S., Ed.D.  We are immersed in addictive technology that was designed to hold, and sell, our attention. How do we take back our most precious resource and refocus on the world around us? In this book discussion group, held on the second Thursday of each month starting January 12th…

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Franklin Land Trust Welcomes New Executive Director

As the Franklin Land Trust (FLT) celebrates its 35th anniversary, we are welcoming a new Executive Director. On November 15th, the Franklin Land Trust’s Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of appointing Mary Lynn Sabourin to the role of Executive Director. Sabourin had occupied the position of Interim Executive Director for six months, after…

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35th Anniversary Celebration and Hike – December 3, 2022

Join us for a 35th Anniversary celebration and hike on one of our earliest conservation projects. This privately held land, which has never been open to the public, features stunning wildlife habitats, wetlands, and a working sugarbush. Join landowner and FLT Board President Barbara Miller and FLT’s Head Land Steward, Will Sloan Anderson, for a…

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Wildlife Winter Survival Workshop – January 7, 2023

A hike led by Dr. John McDonald has been set for January 7th on Guyette Farm in Plainfield. Guyette is a patchwork of shrubland habitat, grasslands, young forests, as well as old growth trees, all bisected by Meadow Brook. John will be drawing on his extensive knowledge and years of study to explain how species…

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Something Fishy Is Going On Here

In 2021, Bill and Jane Obear put a Conservation Restriction (CR) on 41 acres of Bear Path Farm, their land in Whately, MA. This autumn, it’s easy to appreciate the green fields of their farm, the tall trees turning gold, and the delicious peaches and apples from their orchard. But hiding in the winding streams…

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Eco-contemplation: Awakening on the Land – September 17, 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Dr. Robert A. Jonas Using Francis of Assisi as a guide, we will meet on the Ashfield property of Dr. Jonas–250 acres that is permanently protected in cooperation with the Franklin Land Trust. Our world is in the grip of climate change and what…

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Join us for an early morning bird walk! – August 4, 2022

On August 4th from 7:30 to 9:30 am birdwatcher Timothy Goodwin will be leading a morning bird walk at Guyette Farm in Plainfield! Escape the heat beneath the shade of Guyette’s cool hemlock-white pine forest, and explore Meadow Brook and its wetlands. Guyette is home to songbirds like the chestnut-sided warbler and white-throated sparrow that…

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Potential Ashfield housing development threatens local charm

Aerial view of Edge Hill in Ashfield

Ashfield Massachusetts is home to a vibrant, warmhearted community that has made the village a cradle of creativity. Visitors admire Ashfield for its authenticity, classic New England architecture, and natural beauty. Anyone who lives there or visits often is familiar with Edge Hill Golf Course, once a working dairy farm and now a picturesque golfing…

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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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