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 […]
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 […]
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).
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 […]