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Earth Matters: Swamps, stewardship and conservation: What does it mean to care for a forest?
05-31-2024 2:24 PM


Swamps are great story villains. They are notoriously difficult to navigate due to their sinking sticky mud, spiked vines and dense vegetation; they are neither fully land nor water, negating boats and footwear as helpful vessels for traversing them;...

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More than 200 acres protected for agriculture in Deerfield’s North Meadows
06-15-2024 5:00 PM


DEERFIELD — With the execution of two separate conservation restrictions by Historic Deerfield and the Antonellis family, more than 200 acres of land in Deerfield will remain permanently accessible for agriculture.In early May, Historic Deerfield...

DCR highlights $1.5M in Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground upgrades
05-17-2024 4:36 PM


CHARLEMONT — Following $1.5 million in investments to the Mohawk Trail State Forest Campground, the Department of Conservation and Recreation kicked off the 2024 camping season on Friday and welcomed folks back to the campground that had been closed...

Greenfield residents seek to donate combined 32 acres to city for conservation
05-15-2024 5:31 PM


GREENFIELD — The city might receive three parcels of conservation land between the Mohawk Trail and Shelburne Road spanning a combined 32 acres in the months ahead, as two residents intend to donate private land to the Conservation Commission.The...

Greenfield Conservation Commission asks mayor to transfer Stone Ridge Lane parcel
04-10-2024 4:49 PM


GREENFIELD — Following up on its requests under the former administration, the Conservation Commission asked Mayor Ginny Desorgher on Tuesday to bring the proposed transfer of the 13-acre Stone Ridge Lane property for use as permanently protected...

DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-27-2024 5:23 PM


It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...

Conservation restriction protects 47 acres in Shelburne
03-17-2024 10:01 AM


SHELBURNE — Roughly 47 acres on the east side of Reynolds and Patten roads are being protected under a conservation restriction held by the Franklin Land Trust.The land, formerly part of the “old Dean Farm” acquired by Catherine “Kiki” Smith and...

Six towns in Franklin, Hampshire counties seek regional conservation agent
03-06-2024 11:29 AM


ASHFIELD — Six towns are pooling their resources to hire a paid conservation agent to serve their communities as the number of permit filings exceeds the capacity of their all-volunteer conservation commissions.“Ashfield’s workload was sustainable...

A ‘privilege to preserve’: Shelburne’s Kenburn Orchards placed in conservation restriction
03-03-2024 12:04 PM


SHELBURNE — Susan and Larry Flaccus, owners of Kenburn Orchards, have placed a conservation restriction on their land, ensuring no development will occur on the 152-acre property.“It really is the first significant farm on the Mohawk Trail coming up...

Land gift provides vital conservation, recreation link in hilltowns
01-23-2024 10:49 AM

A recent donation of 132 acres to Hilltown Land Trust will link Williamsburg’s Briar Hill Conservation Area to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest in Goshen, extending hiking trails and wildlife corridors, conservation...

Keeping eagles aloft: Marking 50 years of Endangered Species Act successes
12-31-2023 10:00 AM


Ask almost any conservationist about an Endangered Species Act (ESA) success story and they will tell you about the bald eagle.“Growing up, I would have never seen a bald eagle in western Massachusetts,” said Jeff Collins, senior director of...

46 acres protected from development in Ashfield
12-21-2023 11:48 AM

ASHFIELD — A new conservation restriction held by the Franklin Land Trust will protect 46 acres of land owned by Ashfield resident Peter Corens from future development and subdivision.According to the Franklin Land Trust, the property, located along...

McGovern files bill to expand Connecticut River conservation
11-08-2023 3:17 PM

HADLEY — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern is calling on the federal government to establish a new, expansive conservation strategy for the Connecticut River.The Worcester Democrat joined with conservation advocates, lawmakers and others last weekend to promote...

‘I wanted to keep it for the wildlife’: Plainfield woman donates 86 acres to land trust for protection
10-03-2023 12:46 PM


PLAINFIELD — Thelma Nye Pilgrim grew up feeding apples to beavers, exploring woodlands, and observing the open fields and winding stream that ran through her family’s 86-acre property.Others will be able to do the same for years to come now that Nye...

Indigenous rep added to Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts board
07-02-2023 4:09 PM

The board of the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts is expanding its membership to include Indigenous representation.Following a unanimous vote taken during the board’s June meeting, the Ohketeau Cultural Center of Ashfield, a...

Giving back to the land: One-day event will help trusts conserve trails, forests, farms and waterways
04-19-2023 6:39 PM


HADLEY — With Earth Day around the corner, four regional land trusts are joining together for their fourth annual Give Back to the Land Day, which will take place on Thursday.The 24-hour online fundraising event, organized by Kestrel Land Trust,...

Lawn conversion initiative looks to support pollinators, improve soil health
03-29-2023 5:37 PM


Thanks to a state grant, the Franklin Conservation District is partnering with three towns to support pollinators, improve soil health and beautify the region by converting mowed spaces into native plant gardens and meadows.For its first year working...

Trail restoration lands Pioneer senior Northfield’s Citizen Stewardship Award
03-27-2023 1:02 PM


NORTHFIELD — A Pioneer Valley Regional School senior was recently recognized by town officials with the 2022 Citizen Stewardship Award for his contributions to preserving natural resources. Cooper Bullock received the award at a Selectboard meeting...

Leverett says no to CPA money for school track, yes to preserving 91 acres
03-15-2023 11:13 AM


LEVERETT — A request to use Community Preservation Act money to help fund the town’s share of a $4.7 million track and field overhaul at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School will not come before Annual Town Meeting this spring, though an effort to...

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust reaches $3.5M fundraising goal
02-19-2023 3:05 PM


PHILLIPSTON — The Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust celebrated the end of its Land Forever Campaign last week, a years-long effort that raised more than $3.5 million for the creation of an endowment to support land conservation in central and...

Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield to be conserved
02-03-2023 3:20 PM


ASHFIELD — Having successfully completed its fundraising ahead of schedule, the Franklin Land Trust is set to purchase and conserve the Edge Hill Golf Course. “We are so grateful to our friends and neighbors in Ashfield and beyond for their generous...

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