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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!

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.

Sunset View Farm owners Chuck and Livvy Tarleton at their farm stand in Winchendon

Sunset View Farm: Officially a Whole Farm Forever

By Camille Duquet

Posted 4/1/20

As farmers all over New England were gearing up for a new growing season last year, we embarked on a campaign with Chuck and Livvy Tarleton to protect their beautiful Sunset View Farm.

Robbins Pond, in Rindge and Winchendon

Life on the Pond

By Sarah Wells

Posted 4/1/20

Last April, I packed my gear into my worn-out backpack, shoved some extra batteries for the GPS unit into my jacket pocket for good measure, and headed to the Hillis property.

Earleacres wetlands

Earleacres: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle Protected

By Fletcher Harrington

Posted 4/1/20

Earleacres is now protected in perpetuity, filling a missing piece of the puzzle for the Arthur Iversen Conservation Area.

Spring pond with Kona the dog

A Letter to the Community on Coronavirus

Posted 3/17/20

In the face of this unknown, are we going to be our best selves, or our worst? How can we come together as a community, even as we are asked to socially distance ourselves? How can we choose not to…

Nalini's Kitchen, in Quabbin Harvest, Orange, MA

Keeping Quabbin Harvest Going

By Cathy Stanton

Posted 3/1/20

What would we lose if Quabbin Harvest wasn’t there? That’s the question that brought dozens of co-op members and supporters out to a board meeting on a cold February evening to discuss what it would…

Conservation Gifts Launch a New Decade

Posted 12/30/19

Mount Grace celebrates Earleacres, the newest addition to our 565-acre Arthur Iversen Conservation Area, and the permanent protection of Robbins Pond, in Winchendon and Rindge!

Neighborhood Outreach Grant: Request For Proposals

Posted 11/13/19

Mount Grace is partnering with DCR and UMass to offer grants in support of neighborhood-based outreach to forest landowners this winter. See the full request for proposals at this link!

Building Bridges: In the Woods and in the Classroom

Posted 11/11/19

UMass students help build a bridge at Gifford Family Memorial Forest

Norcross Hill: Beauty and History in Templeton

Posted 9/9/19

Mount Grace is grateful to have played a part in turning the long held dream of protecting Templeton's Norcross Hill Fernald Corporation land into a reality.

Mount Grace's Five-Year Farmland Inventory Now Complete

Posted 8/2/19

Mount Grace’s Farmland Inventory has assembled a detailed picture of farming in our region. New inventories in Gardner, Westminster, Hubbardston, and Ashburnham complete the five-year project.

Mount Grace Movie Clips

Posted 7/24/19

Mount Grace videos tell the story of partnerships to protect farms and forests in our twenty-three towns. Watch all ten short clips or see the movie What The Land Is on our Vimeo page.

Protecting Sunset View Farm

Posted 6/27/19

Mount Grace has completed the fundraising needed to permanently protect Winchendon's Sunset View Farm--keeping the farm a whole farm forever in partnership with farmers Chuck and Livvy Tarleton.

Celebrating Quabbin to Wachusett

Posted 10/29/18

The 2018 Annual Meeting at Chimney Hill Farm in Petersham celebrated the Quabbin to Wachusett and Quabbin Heritage Projects, which have now protected more than 4,100 acres of land.

Annual Meeting Video

Posted 9/24/18

See more interviews with Mount Grace partners at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 20 at Chimney Hill Farm in Petersham!

Environmental Education

Posted 7/17/18

Mount Grace offers multiple educational programs to provide students with more environmental knowledge and better access to the outdoors. Contact our education team about programming for your school.

Mount Grace: the Movie

Posted 3/14/18

Mount Grace's 14-minute movie, What The Land Is, features recent conservation partnerships with local families and farms. You can watch the shorter individual scenes here. You can also support Mount…

Connected to the Land

Posted 2/26/18

“Kids discover things outside. You don’t need playgrounds. You need woods, so they can climb trees, splash in puddles, and look at anthills.” Rise Richardson

Create a Lasting Legacy with Mount Grace

Posted 12/18/17

Mount Grace’s new legacy program can help you find a planned gift that’s right for you—making it possible for you to support the land you care about in perpetuity.

Protecting the Land Because It's Right

Posted 12/11/17

“The people who protect land don’t do it to get rich or famous. They do it because they think it’s right, and I like that.”--Jason Hakkila

Family Helps Phillipston Town Forest Grow

Posted 9/25/17

Cindy Coppolino and her brother Kevin Schlicke helped their father's dream come true by protecting the family's land as the newest addition to the Phillipston Town Forest.

Red Fire Farm: a Whole Farm Forever

Posted 9/12/17

Ryan and Sarah Voiland and Mount Grace thank the hundreds of supporters who contributed to the Red Fire Farm Whole Farm Forever Campaign!

Inspired by Neighbors, Kellers Protect Historic Wendell Farm

Posted 7/13/17

After bringing an abandoned farm back to life as part of the back to the land movement, farmers Dan and Nina Keller have permanently protected their Wendell farm through the Mormon Hollow Project.

A Neighborhood Protects its Farms

Posted 6/27/17

What started as a meeting of neighbors in a barn has become a landscape-scale conservation project for a group of families in the Mormon Hollow neighborhood of Wendell and Montague.

Mormon Hollow Project Brings a New "Teaching Forest" to Wendell

Posted 6/5/17

"I'm so happy to have been part of the Mormon Hollow project, protecting the woods is something I've wanted to do since I bought the land."--Kristina Stinson

Cooking up a Conservation Project in Phillipston

Posted 4/27/17

Chef Craig Twohey describes the process of protecting his 49 acres in Phillipston as “a lot like marinating a steak. You’ve got to take the time to let it sit until it’s ready.”

Friends & Neighbors Help Protect Hunting Farm

Posted 3/23/17

What started as a meeting of neighbors in a barn at Diemand Farm is now an enormous farm conservation project involving an entire neighborhood in Wendell and Montague.

Support AmeriCorps with Mount Grace

Posted 2/22/17

Find out more about AmeriCorps' nationwide impact, and join us to ask Congress to save federal AmeriCorps programs like our MassLIFT-AmeriCorps initiative.

Celebrate the Land in Ashburnham

Posted 1/26/17

Celebrate 30 years of local land conservation from 9am-3pm on February 11 at Mount Grace's Paul C. Dunn Woodland Preserve!

Local Brew Celebrates Mount Grace Anniversary

Posted 11/30/16

Raise a glass to Mount Grace with our new Anniversary Cyzer from Artisan Beverage Cooperative!