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MOUNT GRACE LAND CONSERVATION TRUST INC

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Skyfields Arbotetum, our headquarters, is a place to learn and study nature for people of all ages.

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Mount Grace was one of the first land trusts to respond to the threat of a gas pipeline proposed on conservation land.

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This Northfield farm would be forced to host the Tennessee Gas Pipeline under Kinder Morgan's current proposal.

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The Massachusetts Constitution prohibits developing protected land without a 2/3 vote from the State House and Senate.

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Since federal law can pre-empt state laws, stopping the pipeline will take efforts from Valley citizens and landowners.

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Our new building in downtown Orange serves as the home of Quabbin Harvest--the community food co-op.

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Mount Grace bought the building at Co-op's request to help provide local organic food to eastern Franklin County.

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Bree-Z-Knoll Farm, Leyden's last remaining dairy farm protected its land this year with help from Mount Grace..

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Bree-Z-Knoll is a member of the Our Family Farms Cooperative, which provides hormone-free local milk in Franklin County.

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Mount Grace also worked with farmers Sarah and Ryan Voiland to purchase and secure Montague's 122-acre Red Fire Farm.

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"With Mount Grace's help, we had a once in a lifetime chance to secure some of the best land in the world" Ryan Voiland

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Barbara and Sam Richardson (w/Bob Zlogar on L) protected their land on the New England Trail.

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Mount Grace created the MassLIFT-AmeriCorps program to help bring young people onto the land to encounter nature.

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Each year, MassLIFT brings AmeriCorps volunteers to Massachusetts to help with land conservation around the state.

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MassLIFT builds bridges in our towns to encourage neighbors to work together on land conservation and new partnerships.

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Visit our thousands of acres of protected land, like this property in Warwick.

Mount Grace benefits the environment, the economy, and future generations by protecting significant land and encouraging land stewardship.

Founded in 1986, Mount Grace has helped conserve nearly 29,000 acres in Western and Central Massachusetts, including more than two dozen family farms and public conservation lands in twenty towns.

From the peak of Warwick’s Mount Grace to the rolling landscapes of the Quabbin Reservoir and across the northern Connecticut River Valley, Mount Grace protects the natural and working landscapes that define the character of our communities and support our local economy.

Since our founding, we have grown to become a land trust whose leadership extends beyond our original boundaries, reaching throughout Massachusetts to address a broader, more diverse set of needs related to land, people, and culture.

This year's projects include:

TENNESSEE GAS PIPELINE: Defending conserved land from the unnecessary and destructive pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan. Our legal memo stopped the aggressive requests for authorization to survey received by landowners who had already denied permission. We will continue to defend conserved land and encourage our legislators to uphold Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution.

ACCESSIBLE TRAIL IN NORTHFIELD: Working with the Town of Northfield and local landowners to create a loop trail designed specifically to be wheelchair accessible at the newly-proposed Alderbrook Meadows Sanctuary.

QUABBIN HARVEST FOOD CO-OP: When a burgeoning local food co-op proposed that Mount Grace purchase a downtown building in Orange where they would launch a neighborhood market, we said yes, seeing a powerful opportunity to support local farming and improve the availability of healthy food for a USDA Food Desert community. Quabbin Harvest opened in October 2014.

COMMUNITY WOOD BANKS: Launching the first “wood banks” in Massachusetts. Modeled on fuel-assistance programs, wood banks receive firewood donated by towns, land trusts, and landowners to provide emergency winter fuel for income-eligible residents. Mount Grace is partnering with local towns and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to bring this program to Franklin County.

AFFORDABLE FARMS IN THE VALLEY: Secure, affordable access to land is the greatest challenge facing new farmers. This year, we worked to keep Leyden’s last remaining dairy farm, Bree-Z-Knoll Farm; Red Fire Farm in Montague; Greenfield’s Unaitis Farm; and Wingate Farm, on the Northfield line in Hinsdale, permanently affordable for farmers.

MassLIFT-AMERICORPS: Managing our statewide AmeriCorps program, the Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT), that hosts 21 AmeriCorps members each year to focus on land conservation, stewardship, and volunteerism. To date, MassLIFT members and the 8,400 volunteers they have recruited have provided 174,000 hours of direct community service. Corps volunteers have helped build and revitalize 26 community gardens, including Just Roots, the Greenfield Community Farm.

Please join the more than 1,200 members who support Mount Grace’s work. Thanks in part to Valley Gives, we now have 275 new members since 2012!

*The first $5,000 of donations will be matched 1:1! *Everyone who makes a gift of $50 or more is eligible to receive a prize from Mount Grace!


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MOUNT GRACE LAND CONSERVATION TRUST INC
1461 OLD KEENE RD
ATHOL, MA 01331

Phone
978-248-2043

Web
http://mountgrace.org/

Email
landtrust@mountgrace.org

Mission
Mount Grace benefits the environment, the economy, and future generations by protecting significant land and encouraging land stewardship.

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