Hilltown Land Trust works to preserve working farms and forests, native habitats and scenic landscapes of western MA hilltowns.

Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) serves thirteen rural towns in western Massachusetts (Ashfield, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington). Our mission is to maintain the area’s working farms and forest as a vital part of Hilltown life, and to protect the area’s rich ecological resources, species diversity, native habitats, water quality, and unique scenic landscapes.

Since our founding in 1986 as an all-volunteer land trust, Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) has protected over 3,500 acres of farmland, forest, streams and wetlands. This month we will complete our 30th Conservation Restriction, permanently protecting 50 acres of prime forest in Huntington. These 30 protected properties are owned by private landowners and regularly visited by HLT. In addition, HLT owns two properties in Williamsburg on which we maintain hiking trails, two Worthington wetland ares on which we lead occasional outings, and 380 acres on the Huntington-Westhampton border on which we maintain extensive public hiking trails and an eco-forestry project.

In 2010, HLT and The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), one of America’s oldest land conservation organizations, launched a new partnership that combines the efforts and resources of these two non-profit land conservation organizations in thirteen rural towns. Hilltown Land Trust and The Trustees continue to function as independent entities, but have pooled our resources in order to hire staff and increase the pace of land conservation in
the Hilltowns.

Hilltown Land Trust leads monthly hikes on properties we have protected as well as informational events and activities throughout the region - please join us!

Your contribution to Hilltown Land Trust will help protect working farms and forests, streams, wildlife habitat and scenic vista in the hilltowns.

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