Hilltown Land Trust

Since 1986, Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) has protected 40 properties totaling nearly 4,000 acres. We own six properties where we maintain several public hiking trails and host regular events. HLT serves thirteen rural towns in western Massachusetts (Ashfield, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington). Our mission is to maintain the area’s working farms and forest as a vital part of hilltown life, and to protect the area’s rich ecological resources, species diversity, native habitats, water quality, and unique scenic landscapes.

HLT is a non-profit, accredited land trust.  Join the Hilltown Land Trust to help support the work we do. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, reduced price or free admission to events, and notifications about special events.



Newly Conserved Land in Goshen!

Photo by Lauren Owens

We are thrilled to announce that Hilltown Land Trust has completed our 32nd Conservation Restriction, the Warner Parcel in Goshen! The 200-acre property, donated by Gary Warner of Florence, protects key wetland and wildlife habitat within the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage—a passage connecting the Green Mountains in Vermont to the Hudson Highlands in New York. Wetland habitats like this […]

2016 Fall Photo Contest: Hilltown Flora & Fauna

Photo by Vicky Griswold

We recently held our second Fall Photo Contest, this year with the theme “Hilltown Flora & Fauna.” Judging ended last week, and we have our winners: Congratulations to Tricia Bergland, Carol Wasserloos, and Vicky Griswold, who took these outstanding photos! We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of submissions! See all of the photos in the […]

Fall Photo Contest

Announcing our Fall 2016 Photo Contest: Hilltown Flora and Fauna! Submit your digital photo by October 24th of plants or animals taken in any rural Massachusetts town west of the Connecticut River. All eligible entries will be printed and displayed at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield. Winning photograph(s) will be framed! For information on how […]