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.



Event Leader Bio: Pete McLean

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In January, Pete McLean helped lead a new event with Hilltown Land Trust called “Birds and Books.” Participants got the chance to view rare ornithology and natural history publications focused on New England and Western Massachusetts, then go outside and experience the Bullitt Reservation through the lens of a natural history writer. Our Community Engagement […]

Winter Woodlands & Wildlife Series


We have put together an informative series of presentations this winter for landowners and community members interested in managing and keeping track of forests and wildlife in their backyard. The series includes a demonstration of sustainable logging with oxen in January, a wildlife tracking workshop including a presentation on the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage corridor in February, […]

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 […]