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.
The Green Cemetery Initiative is a partnership between Mount Grace and Green Burial Massachusetts to establish the first green cemetery in Massachusetts open to all. While some Massachusetts cemeteries permit natural burial for residents of their town, a green cemetery owned by Mount Grace would be available to anyone wishing to be buried without embalming or a burial vault. If used, coffins would be biodegradable and grave markers would be local fieldstone.
Thanks to a Northfield family and a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation trails grant, Mount Grace is now working on completing the Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey S. Ames Nature Trail, a loop trail at Mount Grace’s new conservation property--the Alderbrook Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Northfield. The trail route winds through a stunning grove of white pines and culminates at an observation deck overlooking a beautiful hidden pond.
AmeriCorps members from across the state gathered in Greenfield on a cold November morning to help Just Roots put the Greenfield Community Farm to bed for the winter and to clean up and beautify Greenfield Energy Park.
Mount Grace has been an AmeriCorps participant since 2010 through our Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow.
September 12, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the first swearing-in ceremony of AmeriCorps members on the Boston Common in 1994. Today, over 2,000 AmeriCorps members serve throughout the Commonwealth. As the “birthplace of national service” Massachusetts has much to celebrate and recognize in the last 20 years.