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A Letter from the Executive Director - Coronavirus Update

A Letter from the Executive Director - Coronavirus Update

We are all doing our best, in these challenging days, to maintain our health, our equilibrium, and our productivity. After consultation with our board and with colleagues throughout the non-profit field, we have decided to postpone scheduled gatherings for the month of March and have asked that our staff prepare to work in their home offices for the remainder of the month. Our staff can still be reached by calling the office (413-625-9151) and dialing their extensions or contacting them via email. We will continue to keep our conservation projects for the year moving... Read More
Year in Review

Year in Review

You made a difference in 2019! You helped to permanently protect important land that provides critical habitat for wildlife, clean air to breathe, and clean water for you and your family. Because of you, FLT has conserved a total of 32,925 acres of forests, farms and waterways over the last 33 years, creating resilient lands that are part of the climate change solution. We deeply value your commitment to protecting the land you love. Thank you! To find out more about the work that you helped us achieve, visit our Annual... Read More
Voluntary Public Access

Voluntary Public Access

Do you allow public access on your land? If not, would you consider it? Franklin Land Trust’s Voluntary Public Access Program has money to purchase easements that allow public access on your land. You can choose between temporary (10 years) or permanent public access easements on all or part of your land. Payment rates are based on how much land you enroll and the activities you choose to allow. ... Read More
Pumpkin Hollow Protected!

Pumpkin Hollow Protected!

This spring the Franklin Land Trust accepted two conservation restrictions from Bill Sheehan and Katherine Robertson of Conway that protect the two small fields in Conway’s historic Pumpkin Hollow. More recently known as the epicenter of the February 2017 tornado touchdown, Pumpkin Hollow was historically the center of town with a church, school, store, inn, harness shop, and wagon shop. Once the land was conserved the two parcels were sold to the respective neighbors to continue to be used for agriculture, gardening, wildlife habitat, ... Read More
Responding to a Changing Forest

Responding to a Changing Forest

Each year we see the impact of climate change in our region: intense heat and cold; extreme rain and wind events; and shorter winters with less snow cover. These changes have an impact on the plants and animals on the land. As our climate shifts, our forested land will shift with it. Increased pests, invasive plants and tolerance for drought or heat are predicted to change our forested landscape. As forest landowners and managers, FLT and MWI are actively working to arm... Read More
Franklin Land Trust Welcomes New Executive Director

Franklin Land Trust Welcomes New Executive Director

The Franklin Land Trust’s (FLT) Board of Directors and staff welcome their new Executive Director, Thomas S. Curren, to the organization. Tom succeeds Richard Hubbard, who has served as FLT’s executive director since 2004, and during whose tenure the Trust reached the 32,000-acre mark in conserving farms, forests, wildlands, and other natural resources in western Massachusetts. Tom brings more than forty years of non-profit management and leadership experience in support of the mission at FLT. He served as vice president of marketing and development at the Crotched Mountain Foundation, executive director... Read More
Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

On a sunny Saturday afternoon with the stunning backdrop of Apex Orchards, hundreds of our land trust friends and partners celebrated the land conservation legacy of our recently retired Executive Director, Rich Hubbard. Along with speeches by Board President, Paul Cooper; Former State Representative Stephen Kulik; Cris Coffin from American Farmland Trust; and Pioneer Gardens' Jaap Molenaar - Rich was presented with a State Citation for his efforts of "Conserving Land across the Commonwealth" by Representative Natalie Blais as well as a Governor's Award for his legacy of conservation work presented by Cris Chisholm of MassWildlife. The FLT Board presented Rich... Read More
Help us Rebuild the Barn!

Help us Rebuild the Barn!

We’re re-building the ell of the Guyette barn and we need your help! Although the main Guyette barn found a new home elsewhere on our New England landscape, the original Guyette ell was dismantled and stored for us in hope of a future raising. Now’s the time to make the dream of raising the barn a reality but we need your help to rebuild it on its original site and with all of its former glory! The frame is in great shape, and the current Wildlife Habitat Improvement project happening on... Read More
Guyette Farm Forestry: Managing for wildlife and local wood

Guyette Farm Forestry: Managing for wildlife and local wood

Overview and Project Partners Franklin Land Trust will be engaged in logging operations at its Guyette Farm Conservation Area on Gloyd St and South Central Street in Plainfield. This work is funded by a Wildlife Habitat Grant from the Department of Fish and Game and will create 17.5 acres of young forest habitat that will benefit ruffed grouse, woodcock, and a host of other wildlife species. This work is guided by FLT’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) partners: The Ruffed Grouse Society, the American Woodcock Society and the Wildlife Management ... Read More
Dean Farm Conserved

Dean Farm Conserved

Greenfield Recorder - Richie Davis      SHELBURNE – Before his death nearly a year ago, longtime Franklin Land Trust contributor and board president Charles Cohn purchased 21 acres of the former Dean farm on Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne’s Patten District. Cohn, a former Wall Street broker who moved to Shelburne in 1978 to become a financial adviser and who was dedicated to protecting farmland and other natural resources of the region, bought the 72-acre farm in 2016 to keep it from being subdivided... Read More

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