HLT receives new grants for Brewer Brook Forest Preserve Project!

Light shines through trees in a forest, casting long shadows on the ground

The Forest surrounding Brewer Brook in Westhampton

We are very excited to announce a few recent grants totaling over $1,000,000 to support the Brewer Brook Forest Preserve Project! This project is a collaboration between Hilltown Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, the MA Department of Fish and Game, and the Westhampton Conservation Commission to protect 1,033 acres of forest land with high ecological integrity in the towns of Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Chesterfield.

Hilltown Land Trust was recently awarded a Baker-Polito Administration Landscape Partnership grant for $796,000 to support the overall project. This grant adds to $262,000 of project funding from the Open Space Institute secured by Kestrel Land Trust. In addition, Hilltown Land Trust’s involvement in this project is supported by a $40,000 grant from the Beveridge Family Foundation. We are thrilled with the support for the Brewer Brook project has secured thus far, and will be working with project partners in the coming months to raise the remaining funds needed to complete this collaborative project.

A brook in a forest, with many mossy rocks in the stream

Brewer Brook in Westhampton

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 […]

Event Leader Bio: Pete McLean

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 […]

Newly Conserved Land in Goshen!

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

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 […]

Mushroom Talk and Walk

Talk: Tuesday, September 13th, 7pm – 8:30pm at the Westhampton Library Walk: Saturday September 17th, 9am – 12noon at a nearby Hilltown Land Trust property Exact location is weather depended and will be announced at the talk Rain Date: Sunday September 18th, 9am – 12noon   Tyler Seavey, local Mushroom Hunter and Mycology Enthusiast will lead a Mushroom […]

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).