Published on September 10, 2021

Help Us Protect Greater Gales Brook in Western Mass!

View of Greater Gales Brook landscape from Littlewood in Western Mass

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Mass Audubon is partnering with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust to protect 13 diverse land parcels that cover an impressive 750 acres and span the towns of Warwick, Orange and Royalston. A generous grant of over $589,000 from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, partnerships with the Towns of Warwick and Orange, the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Fish and Game, and a number of bargain sales have brought us very close to the $1.33 million needed to complete this project.

Using both direct acquisitions and Conservation Restrictions, we have the opportunity to permanently conserve these properties for people and wildlife. Now we need your help to raise the last $199,000.

This is your opportunity to have a significant impact on the future of our remaining natural spaces. With your support, and thanks to our many partnerships, we can accomplish this incredible landscape-scale conservation.

What Makes This Land Special

These 13 amazing properties, known together as the Greater Gales Brook Conservation Project, create an impressive block of protected land, and are at the forefront of collaborative, locally-led community conservation. They include a working sheep farm, forests, a small family farm, and wetland habitat along numerous waterways.

Each property abuts already protected land, increasing climate resilience through enhanced connectivity and expanded wildlife corridors.

Why This Matters

This is an incredible opportunity to protect 750 acres of undeveloped land in Western Massachusetts. Doing so will conserve important natural resources while helping the towns of Orange, Warwick, and Royalston meet their goals of protecting open space.

In addition, protecting the Greater Gales Brook land will:

  • Protect vital waterways and habitat
  • Expand wildlife corridors and increase climate resilience
  • Safeguard flood water storage areas
  • Ensure continued carbon storage
  • Open three new public trails and increase access for outdoor recreation
  • Add new trails to the current system at Broad Meadow Brook

Make an Impact

We can't do this without you! In order to make this happen, we need to raise $199,000.

You can help make this vision a reality by donating today.

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To make a gift by phone, or for more information, please contact our Development office at 781-259-2123 or by email.