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Rachel Gonzalez, Orange Farmers Market Manager, with flowers.

Orange Farmers Market Reopening

Posted 5/17/22

The Orange Farmers’ Market opened for the season on Thursday, May 12 at the Orange Armory parking lot (135 East Main Street in Orange).

A person standing in a lush forest.

Mount Grace's newest conservation area to debut this summer in Barre

Posted 5/17/22

The Gionet family has owned this land for 90 years. In 2019 owner Nancy Gionet began mulling over selling the 40-acre property to Mount Grace so these special woods could be protected intact.

Entrance to Student Learning Loop at Dexter Park Elementary School

From Students to Stewards: A New School Trail Completed

By Amanda Carotenuto

Posted 5/13/22

Thanks to the service of TerraCorps members and a MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Trails grant, the Student Learning Loop at Dexter Park Elementary School is officially completed!

Mount Grace is looking to hire a Communications and Engagement Coordinator!

Posted 4/6/22

Position: Communications and Engagement Coordinator  Full-time salaried Mount Grace is an accredited regional land trust serving 23 communities in North Central Massachusetts. Headquartered in…

Mizumo Tomanti, B. (2017). Managing time in a changing world: Timing of avian cycle stages under climate change. University of Groningen.

Climate Change and the Arrival of Spring

By Jenn Albertine

Posted 4/1/22

Learn more about how climate change is affecting spring phenology.

Carmen Mouzon of The Farm School working with youth. Photo Credit: Erik Jacobs

NESARE Grant for Land Justice Project

By Jenn Albertine

Posted 4/1/22

Mount Grace will be working on a project to increase land access and land transfers to BIPOC farmers and nonprofits in central Massachusetts.

Youth Education Coordinator Amanda teaching children about fungi in the outdoors

Nature Adventure Backpacks at Fern Glenn

By Amanda Carotenuto

Posted 4/1/22

Youth Education Coordinator Amanda Carotenuto has hosted outdoor programming in Winchendon with the nature adventure backpacks.

Clockwise from top left: Skyfields office building pre-renovations, Skyfields after painting, a new Pella Impervia window, the outdoor unit of a mini-split system, an old office window. All photos taken at Mount Grace’s office building.

Mount Grace Office Renovations

By Margaret Thurston

Posted 3/1/22

Learn more about and see photos of the completed energy and workspace efficiency renovations at our headquarters Skyfields Arboretum!

Sample image of remote monitoring from a property. Photo Credit: Upstream Tech

Using Remote Monitoring to Accomplish our Stewardship Goals

By Jenn Albertine

Posted 3/1/22

Mount Grace is pleased to announce that we received a $13,000 grant from the Land Trust Alliance to add remote monitoring to our stewardship toolbox.

Wetland habitat that is so critical to the conservation of the Greater Gales Brook project

How does a landscape-scale conservation project happen?

By Sarah Wells

Posted 3/1/22

Learn more about what goes into making a landscape-scale conservation project a success.

Fred Freeman of the Nipmuc Cultural Preservation, Inc. and Emma Ellsworth, Mount Grace Executive Director, after signing the agreement.

A Welcome Start to Dialog: New Partnership with the Nipmuc

By Jenn Albertine

Posted 2/1/22

Mount Grace completed its 1st Cultural Respect and Use Agreement with the Nipmuc for the Huppert Conservation Area in Petersham MA.

Illustration of Deer by Charles Goodhue

Emma's Short Stories

By Emma G. Ellsworth

Posted 1/24/22

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Land Conservation is a Valued Solution in the Mitigation of Climate Change

By Jenn Albertine

Posted 1/7/22

Mount Grace has received an award from the Land Trust Alliance Climate and Land Grant Program for $11,000 to develop our climate action plan to maximize our impact in mitigating and adapting to…

Richardson-Zlogar Cabin in Northfield

Mike Zlogar: The Other Half of the Richardson-Zlogar Cabin

By Allen Young

Posted 1/4/22

Learn more about Mike Zlogar and his contribution in creating the Richardson-Zlogar cabin in Northfield

Hastings Pond in Warwick

One Step Closer to Connectivity in Warwick: Renna and Delfausse CRs Complete

By Marielena Lima

Posted 12/6/21

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust successfully closed two conservation restrictions near Hastings Pond in Warwick.

Nature Adventure Backpacks contain binoculars, a compass, field guides, and interactive worksheets

Backpacks for Beals: Making the Outdoors Accessible

By Amanda Carotenuto

Posted 12/1/21

Mount Grace has partnered with the Beals Memorial Library to offer nature adventure backpacks that contain everything you might need to have an exciting experience in the outdoors!

Professor Hashemi demonstrating the use of a soil corer

Pasture Management Workshops

By Rocio Lalanda

Posted 11/1/21

Mount Grace hosted a successful two-part Pasture Management Workshop Series to promote sustainable farming practices in our local community.

Ruth Smith, Karen Clark, and Beth McGuinn on the land

Mount Grace Protects Multi-Generational Farmland in Barre

By James Holcomb

Posted 10/18/21

Ruth Smith and her sister Karen Clark donated a conservation restriction to Mount Grace on approximately 90 acres of land that consists of forest, fields, and wetlands in Barre that’s been in their…

Reflecting on Mount Grace's First Forest Legacy Project: Interviewing a Forest Steward

By Rocio Lalanda

Posted 10/4/21

Learn why Brian Szyndlar purchased land that was conserved in 1996 and how he is stewarding his forested land today!

Washbowl Waterfalls at Arthur Iversen Conservation Area in Warwick

Looking Back at the Protection of the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area

By Dave Kotker

Posted 9/15/21

As Mount Grace's largest Conservation Area, take a look back at the history of protecting the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area.

Muddy Pond: Conserving A Beloved Community Space

By Kate Sutcliffe

Posted 8/2/21

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, look back and learn about one of our great community conservation projects!

Red Fire Farm owners Ryan and Sarah Voiland with their family holding their bounty.

Red Fire Farm: Looking Back Four Years On

By Aaron Nelson

Posted 7/5/21

In honor of our 35th Anniversary, look back and learn about our 1st Whole Farm Forever Project!

Tully Mountain by David Brothers

A Message from Emma G. Ellsworth on the 35th Anniversary

Posted 4/5/21

Executive Director Emma G. Ellsworth Announces the 35th Anniversary

Mount Grace Fights Food Insecurity in Our Communities

Posted 3/10/21

For Mount Grace’s 2020 Annual Appeal, supporters were given the option to add $5 towards their donation that would go directly towards fighting food insecurity in the Mount Grace region. “The pandemic…

Remembering Nature Lover Dr. Peter Tishler

By Allen Young

Posted 3/1/21

Peter was an enthusiastic conservationist and informal mentor to Leigh Youngblood. We are saddened by his passing.

McAvoy Pond Conserved in Wendell

By Fletcher Harrington

Posted 2/1/21

25 Acres Protected For Perpetuity in southern Wendell

Grant Received to Improve the Trails on the South Athol Conservation Area

By David Small

Posted 1/1/21

Learn more about future improvements to the South Athol Conservation Area!

Aerial view of the recently completed logging at Song Memorial Forest in Warwick.

Recent Forest Management on Flower Hill Road in Warwick

By Mike Mauri

Posted 12/1/20

Inside the head of Forester Mike Mauri on our recent forest management cut

Leigh Youngblood passes the torch to Mount Grace’s new Executive Director, Emma Ellsworth.

Leadership Transition at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Posted 10/1/20

Announcing Mount Grace's new Executive Director: Emma G. Ellsworth!

Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan of the Abenaki unveiling the new sign at Wantastegok. Photo Credit: Kristopher Radder/Brattleboro Reformer

Reclaiming a Lost River in Vermont

Posted 9/8/20

The Elnu Abenaki Tribe forges partnerships with Mount Grace and Retreat Farm to recreate a fuller and more honest picture of the land we share and steward today.

Sentinel Elm Farm

Roots and Branches of Sentinel Elm Farm

By Leigh Youngblood

Posted 8/4/20

The North Quabbin farming community is connected, tightknit, and cares for the land.

The Norcross Hill Wildlife Management Area in Templeton

Burdin Conservation Restriction Completed: The Final Piece of the Norcross Hill Conservation Project

By Sarah Wells

Posted 7/6/20

The Norcross Hill Conservation Project is officially done with the help of the Burdin family!

A group of people waving near the entrance of the new Sunset View Farm hiking trail.

New Trail Opens at Sunset View Farm in Winchendon

By David Kotker

Posted 6/29/20

Signs are up and a new walking trail has been blazed connecting the North Central Pathway to Winchendon’s Sunset View Farm.

Portrait of Henry D. Thoreau

What Would Thoreau Do? Land Conservation and Racial Justice

By Leigh Youngblood

Posted 6/19/20

The father of American nature writing, Henry David Thoreau, was in his twenties when jailed in the summer of 1846 for protesting slavery and militarism. His essay, Civil Disobedience, recounting that…

Ferns are in full form at Perkins Woodlands in Royalston, MA

Perkins Woodlands Protected in Perpetuity

By Sarah Wells

Posted 6/8/20

In partnership with the New England Forestry Foundation, Perkins Woodlands is officially conserved as a working forest.

Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op Store Front in Orange

Local Farms and Local Food: Feeding Neighbors in a Time of Need

Posted 5/28/20

Instead of closing during the COVID-19 crisis, our local producers have stepped up to the challenge of feeding our community safely. Many local farms and local co-ops in the North Quabbin region have…

Summer at Skyfields Arboretum

Skyfields Arboretum

Posted 4/10/20

Take a leisurely walk around the arboretum, where signs will help you identify and learn about the native trees of our region.

The Twohey land on Phillipston's Ward Hill was one of the properties conserved as part of the 1st Quabbin Reservoir to Wachusett Mountain Project

Our Latest Landscape Scale Conservation Project

Posted 4/10/20

Recently, Mount Grace successfully completed the Quabbin to Wachusett initiative, protecting more than 4,000 acres across the towns nestled between the Quabbin Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain.

Pollinator garden at Athol elemntary school

Let’s Plant Native!

Posted 4/10/20

Native plantings attract bird species, butterflies and other pollinators, and provide habitat and food sources for a variety of wildlife.