Annual Meeting – RESCHEDULED – Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 10AM – Stockbridge Chestnut Preserve

Stockbridge, MA - The Land Trust will hold our annual meeting on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM. This event is open to members and to the public.  The meeting site will be one of the Land Trust’s oldest properties, the Stockbridge Chestnut Preserve on Route 7, south of the town center in Stockbridge, MA. There is ample parking at the site, and light refreshments will be served. Besides very brief business at the meeting, we will hear more about how the Fenn Farm property off of Cherry Hill Road is saved and what its future holds.  We will also discuss how the Land Trust partners with landowners, conservation organizations like Laurel Hill Association and Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to conserve land in Stockbridge.

Note: This event was rescheduled to October 1, 2023.

2023-09-29T11:12:30-04:00September 13th, 2023|

Stockbridge Tribe seeks to recover ancestral homeland at Fenn Farm

STOCKBRIDGE (May 12, 2023) — On a pristine, forested property at the northern tip of Monument Mountain is Fenn Farm — 351 acres of scenic undeveloped land.

The ancestral homelands once belonged to the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. Last fall, it went on the market for $3 million following the death in July of owner Clover Swann, the artist, author and longtime member of the Stockbridge Land Trust.

Last week with the assistance of the Stockbridge Land Trust, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, and the Town of Stockbridge, the tribe submitted a $2.5 million funding application to the state’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Action Grant program for the purchase and conservation of the property. Grant awards are expected to be announced this summer.

2023-05-15T15:15:06-04:00May 12th, 2023|

In Memory of Terry Moor

Recently we learned of the passing of Terry Moore, a board member of the Stockbridge Land Trust on March 17, 2023.

Terry was a Trustee of the Land Trust for a little over 2 years, and although his time with us was brief, he left his mark on us in remarkable ways.

He was a life-long learner and used that methodical approach when contributing to Land Trust conversations and projects.  His eye was always on the future conservation of our lands and was a strong advocate for connecting with the Town's residents to encourage their interest in conservation.

We will miss Terry, his vast knowledge and life experience, and his kind demeanor.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Terry's name to The People's Pantry, PO Box 1115, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

2023-05-15T14:23:15-04:00March 31st, 2023|

In Memory of Helga S Orthofer

We lost a beautiful advocate of our lands in Stockbridge, with the passing of Helga S. Orthofer on September 20, 2022.

Helga and her late husband John Kaiser were early environmental and conservation leaders in Stockbridge in granting to the Stockbridge Land Trust a conservation restriction on their scenic and environmentally sensitive lands located on East Street, a significant gateway entrance to our Town.

We are very grateful for the leadership and selflessness of Helga and her husband. As a token of our appreciation, the Stockbridge Land Trust made a donation to the Helga S. Orthofer Memorial Fund in memory of Helga.  This fund  supports the painter-in-residence program at Chesterwood which was established at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

2022-10-20T11:35:09-04:00October 14th, 2022|

Annual Meeting – Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10AM – Chestnut Preserve

Stockbridge, MA - The Stockbridge Land Trust will hold its 2022 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 8, 2022 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Stockbridge Chestnut Preserve . Besides very brief business, we will have the pleasure of hearing from two members of the staff of the Berkshire Natural Resource Council (BNRC) - Mackenzie Greer (Director of Community Programs) and Deanna Smith (High Road Manager).  They will provide some background and an update on the BNRC's High Road Project.

2022-09-23T12:53:11-04:00September 13th, 2022|
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