Monthly Update

Landowners needed for research project

Through the years that Keystone classes have been held many participants have gone on to do great things for conservation in their towns. One example of this is Keystone Cooperator Freddie Gillespie who volunteers with the stewardship committee in her town of Southborough.

Donating a conservation easement is a great way to ensure that land that is special to you is protected in perpetuity. To assist landowners with the means of donating land, Congress made the federal tax incentive for conservation easement donation permanent.

 

As winter approaches we are all quickly reminded about the importance of warm homes.  Unfortunately there are those in our communities who need assistance heating their home.  A group of caring people in the North Quabbin region hope to take advantage of our state’s most plentiful natural resources, forests, to help their neighbors through a grassroots woodbank program.

Woodland Connections for Women

Women woodland owners gathered at the Williams' home in Plainfield to learn more about the woods and share their experiences.

Emerald Ash Borer

The sale of wood products such as mulch, pulp, and firewood are an important source of income and a sustainable means of heat production for many New England homeowners. With the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) to Massachusetts, the sale and movement of these products are now subject to new restrictions and regulations.

Legacy Tree

Researchers Tony D'Amato from the University of Vermont, and Paul Catanzaro and Lena Fletcher from the University of Massachusetts team up to investigate techniques to help develop old-growth characteristics in second-growth northern forests.

Pond

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is offering assistance to qualified landowners who are interested in applying for the Forest Conservation Due Diligene Grant Program.

We are very pleased to announce that the second edition of “Your Land, Your Legacy” is now available! To request a free copy(ies) of the new publication, please contact Paul Catanzaro or (413) 545-4839.

walking in the woods

Keystone Cooperator alum David Killeen shares his conservation efforts in the town of Sherborn, where he serves as Chair of the Town Forest Committee. Some of David's plans include expanding the existing parking lot space at a 133 acre preserved forest, working with a forester on a management plan for the forest, and developing the trail system to encourage use and engagement.