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Emma canoeing on CT river

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust Honored with National Land Trust Award

Posted 10/4/22

The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, has honored Mount Grace Land…

Emma Ellsworth holding striped bass

Emma Ellsworth Appointed to MassWildlife Board

Posted 9/6/22

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is pleased to announce their Executive Director Emma Ellsworth has been appointed as a member of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife)…

Richardson Zlogar Cabin

Mount Grace Secures Ownership of Northfield Richardson Overlook

Posted 9/6/22

Mount Grace is officially the owner of the Richardson Overlook in Northfield, the crown jewel of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). The campaign to purchase the 38-acre property began in…

still waters at Lake Vento

Persistence Pays off at Tully Lake

Posted 8/9/22

It’s been considered as a site for several different sized housing developments and later as a location for an industrial solar array, but today the 187 acres that make up the southeast shore of Tully…

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!

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