Meet our new Board Member – Barbara Miller

  FLT is thrilled to welcome Barbara Miller to the Board. Barb recently retired after a long career with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and lives on a conserved farm in Ashfield. We asked her some questions to get to know her better!   1.Why do you think land conservation is important? Land conservation…

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From Woods to Home, October 15

     Celebrating the connections between woodland management, wildlife habitat and the local economy Saturday, October 15th 9am-12pm Free and open to all Brian Donahue and Faith Rand, co-owners of the conserved Bascom Hollow Farm in Gill, will host a woods walk and a tour of their beautiful farm house built using lumber harvested from…

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Crowningshield Conservation Area Dedication, October 19

Please Join Us for the Dedication of the 96-acre Crowningshield Conservation AreaWednesday, October 19th at 11:00 a.m.112 West Branch RoadHeath, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Franklin Land Trust Trout Unlimited The Crowningshield Conservation Area is a 96-acre property that includes…

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The barn at the Guyette Farm has found a new home!

The barn at the Guyette Farm has found a new home! For many years, FLT has worked diligently to prevent the aging barn at the Guyette farm from collapsing and to keep it intact. Though we were not able to raise the significant amount of funds needed to repair the barn in place, we are…

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House for Sale – Proceeds to benefit Franklin Land Trust

    Charming and delightful antique cape overlooking picturesque views of open meadows and surrounding mountains. This home is larger than you think with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, wonderful country kitchen, family room, and open dining and living room. Additional features include exposed posts and beams, wide pine floors, pellet stove, and a fabulous front porch…

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Hypertufa Workshop, May 21, 2016

Hypertufa Workshop Making hypertufa garden planters and stepping stones Saturday, May 21st – 1 pm Rain date will be on Sunday, May 22. at Raspberry Hill Community Garden in Plainfield Pre-registration required. Come learn how to mix cement and other natural materials to hand build and mold planters or stepping stones for your garden. This…

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Raspberry Hill Community Garden Now Accepting 2016 Growers

Gardeners can now lease a plot at the Raspberry Hill Community Garden in Plainfield, MA for the 2016 growing season. Raspberry Hill currently has 15 garden plots available in the fenced garden and a community composting area but are expanding the garden area in the spring of 2016. The garden plots available are either 10…

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Supporting Local Maple Farms

The Franklin Land Trust supports local maple farms Spring forward this month with a taste of our first agricultural product of the season – 100% pure Massachusetts Maple Syrup. With the ups and downs of our temperatures, our maple producers are working hard to tap thousands of maple trees across the Commonwealth. On Monday, Governor…

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Enhanced Federal Tax Incentives for Land Conservation Made Permanent

Over the last several years, we have seen enhanced federal conservation tax incentives come and go, which makes it difficult for landowners and land trusts to plan for. Fortunately, Congress recently made these incentives permanent, marking a significant accomplishment for conservation across the country. The federal conservation tax deduction allows landowners to deduct all or…

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