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Franklin Land Trust Protects Scenic Farm in Charlemont

April 2, 2012 | Franklin Land Trust | Shelburne Falls, MA
Franklin Land Trust Protects Scenic Farm in Charlemont

Field on the Gould family farm/Photo courtesy of Franklin Land Trust

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Contact: Amy Dryansky
Communications Coordinator
413-625-9151 | adryansky@franklinlandtrust.org

 

Forty-Acre, Second-Generation Farm Conserved

 

SHELBURNE FALLS, MA -- The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) announced that it has assisted with the conservation of a 40-acre property along Route 2 in Charlemont. The property is a second generation farm owned by the Gould family, an important part of the landscape along the historic Mohawk Trail and has significant frontage along the Deerfield River. A former dairy farm, it has also been farmed for field crops and beef, and is currently farmed for hay and pasture.

According to Emily Boss, FLT land protection specialist, the project is an excellent example of how important the state Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program is to families trying to negotiate the difficult process around generational transfers. Following the death of Albert Gould, the land was inherited by his six children, who wanted to keep the land in agriculture, but weren’t sure how to manage the transfer so that it would be affordable and fair to all of the siblings.

FLT helped the family access the APR program as well as funds from the MA Department of Transportation Scenic Byways program. They then negotiated the sale and protection of the land so that the heirs were able to split the value of the land while still keeping it in active agriculture, and in the family. Richard Gould, one of the heirs who currently works the land, will purchase the protected farm.

The farm is in an area that contains several other APRs of similar size and quality - together, Boss says, these parcels create a substantial agricultural view shed along Route 2. In addition to the property’s agricultural and scenic value, it also holds considerable natural resource significance. The property contains Estimated Habitats of Rare Wildlife, Natural Heritage Living Waters Core and Critical Supporting Habitats, as well as Biomap2 Critical Natural Landscape and Biomap2 Core Habitat Aquatic Core and Upland Buffer of Aquatic Core as recognized by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.


About Franklin Land Trust

Now in their 25th year, FLT works with landowners to protect land based on each property’s unique characteristics, the landowner’s vision for the future and their financial needs. FLT has helped conserve close to 25,000 acres of family farms, woodland, wildlife habitat and open space in the region: more than 30 square miles through 290 projects in 26 towns. For more information contact FLT at (413) 625-9151, info@franklinlandtrust.org.

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