Urgent Land Projects

Mass Audubon works individually and in partnership with others throughout the state to conserve important natural lands—forever. Here are projects that urgently need your help.

Butterworth Property in Petersham, MA

We have an extraordinary opportunity to protect 84 acres of woods and wetlands in Petersham, known as the Butterworth property. The land is adjacent to Mass Audubon’s 1700-acre Rutland Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and boasts an abundance of wildlife and a 20-acre beaver pond. Mass Audubon has secured an option to purchase the land for conservation, and we need to raise $270,000 by March 2017 to make this purchase.


Mass Audubon is very excited about the prospect of acquiring Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth to operate as a new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary.  

Tidmarsh Farms Wildlife Sanctuary will be a living laboratory and will provide a unique opportunity to show visitors firsthand what happens when you allow nature to return to its former glory. 

Fieldstone Farm © Richard Welch Photography
Fieldstone Farm © Richard Welch Photography

The Princeton Land Trust and Mass Audubon have teamed up to conserve the 270-acre Fieldstone Farm in Princeton. Also known as the Smith Farm, this is a spectacular property—highly visible with expansive fields, beautiful stone walls, and a diverse mix of forest, meadow, streams, ponds, and wetlands.

The goal is to protect as much of the property as possible as well as provide opportunities for a limited amount of housing to meet town needs. Eventual ownership may be divided among several public, nonprofit, and private parties, including those who will farm the land.