Sheffield Land Trust
 The conservation efforts of Sheffield Land Trust are considered by many to be extremely important for at least four reasons:
  • Sheffield contains the Schenob Brook Drainage Basin which has been identified by the state as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern for the many rare and endangered plant and animal species supported by the calcareous wetlands and the limestone bedrock of the surrounding uplands;

  • Sheffield contains the largest concentration of working farms remaining in Berkshire County;

  • The Housatonic River, a river recovering from industrial pollution, with its flood plain is the main riparian, transportation, agricultural and commercial corridor of Sheffield.

  • Sheffield is under development pressure due to its relative proximity to New York City and Boston.

One of the Last Great Places: Not only is Sheffield important agriculturally, but ecologically it is at the heart of an area that The Nature Conservancy has identified as one of the world's Last Great Places. The three-state Berkshire Taconic Landscape is globally significant for the conservation of our natural heritage. It contains one of the largest extant contiguous forests in the Northeast and an unusually high concentration of rare species and natural communities.

Mission
The Sheffield Land Trust is dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield's natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through a program of stewardship and by working with landowners, farmers and other partners.

Core Values

  • Sheffield Land Trust seeks to insure a future of clean air and water, a viable farm community and locally grown food, wildlife and plant diversity, and the opportunity for future generations to live in harmony with the land.

  • Sheffield Land Trust is a non-partisan and inclusive organization that maintains effective partnerships and encourages participation by volunteers.

  • Sheffield Land Trust works in cooperation with landowners to provide technical and financial assistance for land conservation and to explore all land protection options.

  • Sheffield Land Trust is committed to being financially responsible and establishes a minimum endowment for each protected property.

  • Sheffield Land Trust promotes the responsible stewardship of all lands in Sheffield through education and community outreach.

  • Properties owned by Sheffield Land Trust remain on the tax rolls.

  • Sheffield Land Trust supports smart growth in Sheffield where conservation, economic development and housing maintain and enhance the rural character and vitality of the community.

Local: Everything we do supports Sheffield's vitality, economic as well as ecological, its quality of life and its rural beauty.

Voluntary: The Board of Directors and our many volunteers are all local residents who contribute their time and skills to manage the land trust and carry out our many activities, supplemented by our part-time staff.

Diversified: We work with families to save their farms and orchards, with neighborhood groups to protect mountain ridges and other open spaces and with individual landowners on conservation easements.

Smart: We collaborate with other local, state and national conservation organizations to broaden our impact, make your dollars go further and achieve mutual goals.

Committed: We seek to insure a future of clean air and water, a viable farm community and locally grown food, wildlife and plant diversity, dfor future generations to live in harmony with the land.

Effective: We have conserved over 3,000 acres working in cooperation with over 40 property owners as well as government and private conservation organizations.


Contact Sheffield Land Trust

John Wightman
President
404 LeGeyt Road
PO Box 940
Sheffield, Massachusetts  01257-0940
Phone: 413 229-0234
Fax: 413 229-0239


 

Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Massachusetts


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