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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Golf Tournament – Spring 2023 date TBD

Edge Hill Golf Tournament 298 Barnes Rd, Ashfield, MA Date TBD 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 fees,…

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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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