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Category Archive for 'Land Conservation'

Planning for the future

Last night we had a great session talking about land conservation and estate planning. About 20 people converged on the North Brookfield Senior Center. We heard from Harry Webb about their experience moving to Hardwick and growing understanding about the farmland stewardship responsibilities over time. They have done several timber harvests over the decades, and […]

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Congratulations Petersham!

Conservation of the Gross Farm took another significant step forward yesterday. The Baker-Polito Administration announced the FY16 L.A.N.D. grant and Conservation Partnership grant recipients. The Town of Petersham was among the small group of awardees for the purchase of a conservation restriction on the 235 acre Gross Farm. That’s great news! The East Quabbin Land […]

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Farm Tour Success

On Sunday afternoon about 50 people ventured out among the fields and woods off East Street in Petersham. We got a chance to explore the land, see some of its hidden treasures – like Bell Rock, and talk about the future. The Town is working with the East Quabbin Land Trust to permanently protect the […]

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This past week there were two opportunities to hear directly from landowners about how conservation of their family lands fit into estate planning. Thank you to Joan and Randy Walker, Frank Patterson and Mick Huppert for sharing their experiences and insights into challenging planning situations. Fellow landowners from Barre and Oakham heard about the path […]

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May Festival

Yesterday, the center of North Brookfield was a happening place! Tents on the church lawn, people wandering through the library and everyone supporting local businesses. We were there too! Talking about land trust activities, especially things of interest to folks in North Brookfield…. Wendemuth Meadow and the fundraising challenge from a local supporter. Right now, […]

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“Big” checks awarded!

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced yesterday its grant recipients for the Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) grant program and Conservation Partnership grant program. Fortunately, two East Quabbin Land Trust conservation efforts underway were among those projects supported! Wendemuth Meadow has been a joint conservation effort between the East Quabbin Land Trust and the Town […]

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Walk at Wendemuth Meadow

Over 100 people ventured out onto EQLT’s newest Preserve on Sunday afternoon April 6th.  It was breezy, but the sun was out and everyone was thrilled to walk the 30 acre property. Wendemuth Meadow Preserve is our first conservation effort in North Brookfield. EQLT is working with volunteers who have formed as Friends of Wendemuth […]

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The East Quabbin Land Trust is pleased to announce that a thirty (30) acre tract of land along Bates Street in North Brookfield was purchased last week.  The property will be called the Wendemuth Meadow Preserve, in honor of the Wendemuth family who farmed the land and are fondly remembered in town for using hand […]

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  Cynthia Henshaw (at right) accepting the grant awards for two new conservation initiatives. Also pictured are Celia Riechel, L.A.N.D. grant administrator, Melissa Cyan, Conservation Partnership grant administrator, and Stephanie Cooper, Assistant Secretary for Land & Forest Conservation (left to right). Yesterday it was announced that the East Quabbin Land Trust will receive grant funds […]

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The East Quabbin Land Trust has stepped forward to coordinate and complete the purchase of the Petersham Country Store building from its current owner, POLUS, Inc., which is expected before the end of June.  “This is a very exciting opportunity for the East Quabbin Land Trust to support the Petersham community and local agriculture by […]

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