Thousand Acre Brook, which meanders through Athol and Phillipston to reach the Millers River, has long been a conservation focus. Wildlife studies have logged hundreds of species in its watershed, including 108 different birds, and Mount Grace has been helping local families protect land there for years. Our newest partners are Cindy Coppolino and her brother Kevin Schlicke, who have added 58 acres of family land to Phillipston’s Town Forest.
This summer, Ryan and Sarah Voiland realized a long-awaited dream by selling Red Fire Farm’s 124 acres in Montague to Mount Grace. The couple has no plans to move. Instead, they have signed a lifetime lease on the land, and will continue to run the farm in a new partnership with the trust.
Farmers Dan and Nina Keller have permanently protected 48 acres of their farm in the Mormon Hollow section of Wendell. Protecting the land is the newest chapter in the history of a farm that had been all but abandoned in 1969 when Dan Keller and several friends—recent graduates from Pioneer Valley colleges—bought the land together and moved there to farm as part of the back to the land movement.
Thanks to all who joined Mount Grace at the Paul C. Dunn Woodland Preserve in Ashburnham on Saturday, February 11 to celebrate 30 years of local land conservation!
Mount Grace is profoundly honored to have been selected by the Wetmore family to receive memorial gifts in lieu of flowers for lifelong conservationist, Senator Robert D. Wetmore, Sr., who passed away on January 15, 2016.
To honor Senator Robert Wetmore’s passion for the outdoors and resolute support for land conservation and stewardship, Mount Grace has established The Senator Robert D. Wetmore, Sr. Memorial Fishing Hole, in collaboration with the Wetmore and Gifford families.
Eagle Reserve Conservation Area is a 139-acre mix of woods, wetlands, and open water that is one of the North Quabbin's most breathtaking places. Mount Grace now owns the property after working with the Town of Royalston and with community members to protect the land permanently. Home to nesting Eagles, the reserve will be open to the public and will serve as a natural classroom to support science education at the nearby Royalston School through our MassLIFT AmeriCorps program.