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

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.

Since 1986, Mount Grace has helped conserve nearly 29,000 acres in Western and Central Massachusetts. On the 1,400 acres that we own, Mount Grace demonstrates a range of land stewardship practices that provide long-term environmental and economic rewards.

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.

Mount Grace is recognized across the state and nationally for our community-based, collaborative approach to land conservation. Our innovative work includes:

- Defending conserved land from the unnecessary and destructive Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline. 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.

- Supporting family farms & local food systems by purchasing a commercial building to lease to the North Quabbin Community Co-op’s Quabbin Harvest market; aggregating neighboring landowners to conserve Leyden’s Bree-Z-Knoll Farm, the town’s last remaining dairy farm; and working to establish the region’s first permanently affordable whole farm, at Red Fire Farm in Montague along the Connecticut River.

- Establishing and sustaining a statewide AmeriCorps program, the Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow (MassLIFT), which brings 21 AmeriCorps members to Massachusetts each year to focus on land conservation, stewardship, and volunteerism doing service like conducting a statewide Open Space Committee Conference and helping to establish Just Roots, the Greenfield Community Farm.

- Creating opportunities for families and individuals to get outside by building and protecting trails, and stewarding a stretch of the New England National Scenic Trail at our Hidden Valley Memorial Forest in Wendell, the former research camp of renowned botanist, Dr. Arthur Cronquist.

Please join the more than 1,100 members who support Mount Grace’s work. Thanks in part to Valley Gives, we now have 275 new members since 2012!

*The first $10,000 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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