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.

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Announcements

AmeriCorps positions available at HLT!

2016-17 HLT AmeriCorps service members Tamsin & Katie

Hilltown Land Trust is currently accepting applications for two positions through the TerraCorps Program (formerly MassLIFT – AmeriCorps). A Land Stewardship Coordinator and a Community Engagement Coordinator will both become a vital part of HLT’s team for the year. The 2017-18 program will run from August 28, 2017 through July 27,  2018 and will engage […]

Bird Habitat Assessment completed on the Stevens Property

Macy the dog looking out into the woods

By Tamsin Flanders, MassLIFT Land Stewardship Coordinator ’16-‘17 In 2016 HLT received a grant through the Foresters for the Birds Program (a partnership of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massachusetts Audubon, and Mass Woodlands Institute) to revise the forest management plan for our Stevens property. The grant helped pay for a forester to […]

Tornado Cleanup at the Bradley Sanctuary

Volunteers at the Bradley Sanctuary in the snow

On February 25th a bad wind storm hit the hilltowns, centered around a tornado that touched down in Conway and Goshen, tearing roofs off a number of homes and damaging more with fallen trees. In other nearby towns, the storm caused power outages and more downed trees. Fortunately, no one was reported injured in the […]