Conservation Stories

New Land Preservation Law (Originally published in the March 13, 2008 edition of Country Journal, © Turley Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission.)

Essays and Landowner Interviews by Mary McClintock From The Highland Communities Initiative My Place is the Highlands series. Reprinted with permission.)

HLT receives new grants for Brewer Brook Forest Preserve Project!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hilltown Land Trust Protects 125 acres in Chester!

We are very excited to share that HLT permanently protected 125 acres of important wildlife habitat and water resources in Chester! Landowners Sarah and William Freedberg of Northampton and Chester donated a Conservation Restriction on their land to Hilltown Land Trust. The Freedbergs always wanted to conserve their scenic property which includes the top of Round […]

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 […]

200 Years of History at the Burr Farm

By Andy Burr, landowner, with an introduction by Hannah Chamberlain, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator When I first visited the Burr farm, I was immediately impressed by the immaculately mowed fields and the iconic buildings, but from a conservationist’s perspective, I knew there would be a lot to see on the property. From the most […]

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).

Warner Farm Protected!

The Hilltown Land Trust has purchased a conservation restriction on Cummington’s historic Warner Farm, providing wildlife protection and coldwater stream conservation to 119 of the farm’s 131 acres. Due to both the significance of the property’s resources and the work of the fundraising campaign, Hilltown Land Trust President Wil Hastings noted that Warner Farm was […]