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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!

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