Regional Conservation Resources

The hilltowns are rich in resources for people interested in land conservation and sustainable land management. Use this page as a springboard to explore some of the organizations we work with and to further your knowledge and options for conservation in this area.

Surrounding Land Trusts

Franklin Land Trust, Shelburne Falls, MA

Kestrel Land Trust, Amherst, MA

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Athol, MA

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Pittsfield, MA

Statewide and National Land Trusts

The Trustees: Oldest regional land conservation organization in the country (and HLT’s affiliate). The Trustees preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

Mass Audubon: Statewide nature conservation organization protects 36,500 acres of land throughout the state, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all.

The Nature Conservancy: Global organization with offices in all 50 states and over 60 countries, working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

 

American Farmland Trust: National organization working to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

New England Forestry Foundation: Regional organization that strives to serve and unite people and organizations across New England to support the long-term health of our forests, and to guarantee their continued environmental, recreational, and economic benefits for all New Englanders.

The Trust for Public Land: National nonprofit creating parks and protecting land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

State Conservation Agencies

MA Department of Conservation and Recreation: State agency working to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the well-being of all.

MA Department of Fish and Game: State agency working to preserve the state’s natural resources and people’s right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution.

Conservation Resources

Wild and Scenic Westfield River, Huntington, MA: Advocacy and education of the Westfield River watershed.

MassWoods Forest Conservation Program: MassWoods.net provides information to woodland owners regarding the potential sale of timber and planning for the future of their property. The site features an interactive map to direct landowners to local resources and people who can help them make informed decisions.

Massachusetts Woodlands Institute: MWI is a nonprofit organization that encourages and assists landowners in responsibly managing their woodlands.

Berkshire Wildlife Linkages, Staying Connected Initiative: BWL is an effort to restore and maintain wildlife connectivity through a multi-state landscape including western Massachusetts.

Municipal Trail Organizations

Williamsburg Woodlands Trails: Maps and trail guides for the network of public hiking trails in and around Williamsburg.

Ashfield Trails: Trails and footpaths around the town of Ashfield.

Resources for Land Trusts

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition: An informal coalition of Massachusetts land trusts and conservation organizations.

The Land Trust Alliance: National land conservation organization and accreditation body.

Wildlands and Woodlands: W&W is a regional initiative of collaborations across New England on conservation policy, science, and partnerships.