Many landowners have no idea of the different programs that the State of Massachusetts has in place to conserve forested acreage, protect our natural resources and landscapes, while preserving wildlife habitats and ecosystems of Western Massachusetts.
If you have land that you want to use for conservation, forestry or agriculture, your Massachusetts State Forester can show you ways to save on land taxes and is able to show you; conservation, forest management and recreation programs designed to help landowners. As part of the educational nonprofit, landowners will be able to talk about land use, land taxes and land classifications, in the 3 opportunities of the Chapter 61 programs.
Our conservation plan was written by Kate Parsons and Nick Pitel, both of the USDA- NRCS located in Pittsfield. Our forest management plan was written by State Foresters, Tom Ryan and Scott Shove, both of the Department of Conservation Recreation. The many diversities of flora and fauna, along with the geological terrain, river and wetlands and wildlife, all aspects of Outdoor Education can be researched and studied here.
The Williams River slowly flows through the property, the riparian areas and the wetlands are thick with invasive grasses & shrubs. The habitats of turtles, frogs, ducks, kingfishers and a variety of fish & water fowl are being overgrown and threatened. Our mission is to protect, our natural resources, enhance & restore native plants, and riparian areas.
With the help of these State Conservation Programs, and incentives for landowners and other nonprofits, the delicate, varied ecosystems that make up our unique Western Massachusetts forests, will be protected. By creating an educational and informational center, directed towards education, research and hands on learning opportunities, the next generation will be able to understand and prevent environmental ignorance, for generations to come.
We are currently seeking donations and support to restore the old rail bridge in its original location, along side of the loading dock, for pedestrians and equipment to cross safely over the Williams River! If you would like to donate to our project you can do so Online! Our fiscal sponsor is Steve Meltzer at www.lcatrust.com Donations through "lcat" are 100% tax deductible! (click the link, go to the drop down menu under "Programs")