Regional Conservation Resources

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

The Trustees: The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.

Resources for Land Trusts

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

The Land Trust Alliance: Together, conserving the places you love.

Municipal Organizations

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

Conservation Organizations

MassAcorn: A Cooperative Resource Network for the Westfield and Deerfield Watersheds of Western Massachusetts.

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.

UMass Extension Program: Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation: Provides educational programs and materials that enable people to make informed decisions and take action to preserve or enhance the quality, productivity and sustainability of natural resources and natural systems.

Community

CISA: Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture – Be a Local Hero!

PioneerValley.info: A relatively new site with general information about the Pioneer Valley. Contributors wanted!

Hilltown Families: an online grassroots communication network for families living throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts.