January 31, 2020 Mariah

CONSERVATION NETWORKING RESOURCES

All Topics

Land Conservation Tools

Estate Planning

Conservation Restrictions

Open Space Planning

Land Management Tools

Publications

Programs for Land Owners

  • MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program: Improve habitat(s) for game species, manage habitat(s) for Species of Greatest Conservation Need, and/or promote public recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, and other wildlife associated recreation on conserved lands. See “Eligible Entities” in link.
  • Forest Tax Law Program– assistance with the favorable tax treatment to forest landowners through MGL Chapter 61. Download booklet: Chapter 61 Programs Understanding the Massachusetts: Ch. 61 Current Use Tax Programs
  • Forest Stewardship Program & Green Certification: Recognizing the public benefits of good stewardship on private forest land, the Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Program (MFSP) supports and encourages private forest landowners’ efforts to manage, enjoy, and care for their land using a long-term approach
  • Foresters for the Birds: Provides landowners with information about bird habitat on their land, and recommendations about how to enhance it in conjunction with other forest management goals.
  • Working Forest Initiative: providing services such as free woodland evaluations
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program: provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestry producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat.
  • Pooled Timber Income Fund (PTIF): For a Pooled Timber Income Fund, landowners donate their land to the New England Forestry Foundation, and the timber on that land to a pooled income fund set up and run by NEFF. Landowners receive shares in the fund proportional to the value of their timber donation.

Professionals:

Land protection specialist in Berkshire County

A land trust is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that actively works to conserve land as a part of its mission.

Local Land Trusts

  • Alford Land Trust
  • Becket Land Trust
  • Egremont Land Trust
  • Great Barrington Land Conservancy
  • Lee Land Trust
  • Lenox Land Trust
  • Monterey Preservation Land Trust
  • New Marlborough Land Trust
  • Richmond Land Trust
  • Sheffield Land Trust
  • Stockbridge Land Trust
  • Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation

Regional Land Trusts

  • Berkshire Natural Resources Council (operates throughout Berkshire County)
  • Mass Audubon (operates throughout Massachusetts)
  • The Trustees (operates throughout Massachusetts)
  • New England Forestry Foundation (operates throughout New England)
  • The Nature Conservancy (operates worldwide)

Public Conservation Agency

  • MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation
  • of Fish and Game – Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Service Foresters

A service forester is an employee of the state forestry agency who can speak with you and visit your land to provide free advice on management options and program opportunities.

  • Peter Grima (serving Washington, Lenox, Richmond and North)

Phone: (413) 442-8928 x 127

Email: peter.grima@state.ma.us

  • Tom Ryan (serving Stockbridge, Stockbridge, Lee, Becket South)

Phone: (413) 442-8928 x123

Email: tom.ryan@state.ma.us

Find Surveyors, Appraisers, Accountants, and Attorneys
by town here: http://massland.org/resources/list-of-service-providers

Trainings/Conferences

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