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.


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 […]

Notice to Stakeholders March 24, 2014

Hilltown Land Trust is pleased to announce that we are applying for accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).  This program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. A public comment period for HLT’s application […]

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).