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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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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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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Nan Williams Conservation Area: an artistic botanical survey

The Nan Williams Conservation Area in Rowe, a generous gift of the landowner in 2018, is managed by Franklin Land Trust as a biological reserve for wildlife and research. It is a parcel that is rich in habitat and is particularly noteworthy for the abundant growth of more than sixty varieties of ephemeral plants that…

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Encouraging Signs for Bats at the Nan Williams Conservation Area

This year, FLT continued its work to protect wildlife habitat at a former soapstone and talc mine located in the Nan Williams Conservation Area (NWCA). This mine had been a historic hibernaculum – a site where wildlife takes refuge – for three species of bats. During a 2008 survey, 148 little brown, northern long-eared, and…

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Planting Trees in Our Regional Cities

In the fall of 2018, Franklin Land Trust was awarded a Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grant through the US Forest Service (USFS), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to be the lead organization in a large-scale tree planting project in Greenfield, Montague, and North Adams. The primary goal of this…

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New Recreational Opportunities on Private Land (VPA)

Franklin Land Trust is committed not only to protecting important working landscapes – the farms, fields, and forests of northwestern Massachusetts – but also expanding recreational access to the outdoors for members of our community. Through the Voluntary Public Access (VPA) Program, FLT has partnered with individual landowners to secure both temporary and permanent public…

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Key Land Conserved in Westfield

Westfield landowners Bob and Karen Baker worked with Franklin Land Trust and the Town of Westfield to conserve 42 acres of land on Montgomery Road. In 2004 the Bakers sold a 27-acre Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) to Winding River Land Conservancy — now retired, they wanted to conserve the adjacent wetlands and hayfields not included…

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