Help Protect Patten Hill in Shelburne Falls, MA

View from the top of Patten Hill

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Mass Audubon has an opportunity to protect 67 stunning, hilltop acres adjacent to High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary in Shelburne Falls. But to make it happen, we need your help to raise $442,000.

The generous support of many individuals helped protect 167 acres of the Patten Hill property in 2016. Today, we need your help to permanently conserve the rest of the farm and preserve the legacy of open space for future generations.  

What Makes Patten Hill Special

This spectacular property boasts views of the mountains in all directions—Mount Greylock to the west, Mount Monadnock to the east, Mount Tom to the south, and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the north.

Protecting this property will result in more than 1,000 connected, protected acres. In addition to the long-distance views, it contains important grassland bird habitat, forest and a stream corridor that includes a series of beaver ponds.

Why This Matters

Map of 67-acre Patten Hill property and other protected land

The parcel will connect the 792-acre High Ledges with the undeveloped 574-acre Shelburne Falls Fire District land (a public water supply property) and the 221-acre Davenport Farm, creating the type of wildlife corridor that is essential to accommodating wildlife movement in the age of climate change.

In addition, purchasing Patten Hill will:

  • Safeguard the drinking water supply by protecting the streams and ponds that drain into the North River and the Shelburne Falls public water supply lands
  • Maintain increasingly rare grassland habitat, which supports declining grassland bird species such as Bobolink
  • Enhance the popular public trail system
  • Preserve the outstanding views to and from the property

Make an Impact

We can't do this without you! In order to make this happen, we must raise $442,000.

Please help protect this land by making a gift today.

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To make a gift by phone, or for more information, please contact Liz Albert at 781-259-2104 or by email.