Williamstown Rural Lands News

WRL Webinar a Success

April 30, 2021

APRIL 2021.  A webinar hosted by Rural Lands attracted 35 participants interested in learning about land conservation and succession planning along Oblong Road in Williamstown.  Although intended for farmers and

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Rural Lands in the News

April 28, 2021

APRIL 2021.  Dan Gura, WRL’s Lands & Trails Coordinator, was quoted in a recent boston.com story about Berkshire trails.  The article highlighted the ample hiking opportunities here in Berkshire County. 

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Rural Lands reveals new look

March 29, 2021

After many months, we are pleased to announce the release of a new brand for Williamstown Rural Lands. With community input gathered from focus groups and listening sessions, the new

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WRL Overview

In this video, actress and Williamstown Theater Festival alumna Jessica Hecht introduces our land trust in northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Consider it your invitation to join us at our many WRL properties and events.

Upcoming Events

Spring Maintenance on the WRLF Loop Trail

Spring Maintenance on the WRLF Loop Trail

05/16/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

Join us for annual spring trail maintenance at our WRLF Loop Trail at Berlin Mountain. We will be clearing waterbars and ditches, and maintaining the trail corridor. Work will involve stooping, bending, digging with hand tools and light pruning. We will hike 2 miles on easy to moderate terrain in total, and all tools will... Read more »

Guided Hike at the Fitch Trail

Guided Hike at the Fitch Trail

06/12/2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Guided Walks

Save the Date.  Our first guided hike of 2021!  Join WRL Trails Committee member Dusty Griffin for a guided hike along the Fitch Trail through Flora Glen.  Starting at the trailhead on Bee Hill Road, the hike will traverse woodlands and descend into picturesque Flora Glen.  A moderate hike of about two miles.  Details to... Read more »

Repairing the Money Brook Cutoff Bridge

Repairing the Money Brook Cutoff Bridge

06/20/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody sees it break a bridge, did it break the bridge? Yes, absolutely. Help us as we prepare to rebuild the bridge along the Money Brook Cutoff Trail. Work involves hiking while carrying lumber, disassembling a 25-ft bridge, and may include standing in shallow moving water. 1-3 miles... Read more »

Step Stones on the Stone Hill Road Trail

Step Stones on the Stone Hill Road Trail

07/18/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

Are you sick of plodding through the mud along Stone Hill Road Trail? So are we! Join us as we install stepping stones through consistently muddy areas along this classic Williamstown trail. Work involves digging, and also requires being in close proximity to other people (within 6') for short periods of time in order to... Read more »

Building the Berlin Pass Trail Boardwalk

Building the Berlin Pass Trail Boardwalk

08/15/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Trail Stewardship

After many years of wading through water to hike the Berlin Pass, we're doing something about it. Join us as we construct a boardwalk at the start of this classic ascent to the Taconic Crest. It will connect to a new section of trail being built this autumn by the Student Conservation Association. Work involves clearing... Read more »

Land Acknowledgement

It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking, hiking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, the Indigenous people of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.

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