Landscape Conservation: 1,800+ Acres Protected in 2012: A Banner Year!
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust completed four conservation projects on the last day of the year, including 373 acres acquired in Northfield and Warwick as part of the Metacomet-MonadnockForest Legacy Project.
In sixteen projects, the trust protected 1,816 acres of land in 2012, including working farms in Northfield and Winchendon; a new conservation area on the Tully River in Orange, gifted to Mount Grace and open to the public; Phillipston’s new town forest on Baldwin Hill Road; and five properties qualifying for the new Massachusetts land conservation tax credit.
Mount Grace Executive Director Leigh Youngblood also announced the start of the Campaign for Affordable Farms-Red Fire Farm Project at the Montague farm in May. The campaign will result in a permanent partnership between Mount Grace and all future farmers at the 122-acre property, currently operated by Ryan and Sarah Voiland as a 1,400-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.