Hilltown Land Trust

Hilltown Land Trust (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.

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.


Hilltown Land Trust is Accredited

Hilltown Land Trust is thrilled to announce we have been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Only 10 of the 137 land trust in Massachusetts are accredited and only 285 land trust nationwide. Accredited land trusts have demonstrated that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold […]

Holyoke Youth Conservation Corps Aids in Trail Projects

What is a Youth Conservation Corps? I had the same question myself when Hannah D., the leader of the Holyoke YCC got in touch with me earlier this summer. As it turns out, the YCC is a thriving program created and managed by our affiliate, The Trustees of Reservations. Each summer, The Trustees hires teams […]

Norwich Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

More than a decade after the Norwich Hill Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1997, the 65 acre parcel is gaining permanent protection through a Conservation Restriction held by the Hilltown Land Trust. Learn more about how a group of neighbors came together to protect a critical piece of habitat by reading an article from the Summer 2012 newsletter and watching an interview with the key players in the Sanctuary’s history (video produced by UMass Extension).