Massachusetts

Northampton Community FarmPhoto credit: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

The Trust for Public Land is protecting the places that make Massachusetts a great place to live, work, and play. Whether building a city playground or creating a new urban farm, we're working to ensure the promise of livable communities for generations to come.

Local offices

10 Milk Street, Suite 810 | Boston, Massachusetts  02108
Phone: (617) 367-6200 | Email Address: massachusetts@tpl.org

Support our work in Massachusetts

Upcoming Event

September 13, 2017 to September 17, 2017

Explore Our Work

 

Massachusetts projects

Highlighted Projects:

Crimson and Clover Farm, Nothampton, Massachusetts

The Trust for Public Land protects Massachusetts' most significant farmland to sustain locally grown food, reconnect communities and reduce transportation from farm to plate for more nutritious and tastier food.

Garrison-Trotter Farm

There are 2,600 vacant lots scattered throughout Boston-and they've got potential. The Trust for Public Land is working to transform unused, city-owned land into neighborhood farms that will create new job opportunities and provide residents with locally grown, nutritious produce.

Northfield Forest, Massachusetts

After Northfield Mount Hermon School closed its Northfield campus, the school’s scenic forest property—made up of woodlands, trails, and reservoir—was at imminent risk of being sold and subdivided. In June 2016, any threat to the property was successfully thwarted when The Trust for Public Land and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) celebrated the complete and permanent protection of nearly 1,300 acres of land within the forest.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

African American Meeting House, Massachusetts

The heart of Boston's Museum of African American History is the African Meeting House, the oldest remaining black church structure in the United States.

Biddle Property, Massachusetts

With forests and a ridgetop view of Cape Cod Bay, the Biddle property
is as lovely and environmentally sensitive as it is historic. A homemade sign hung for years
in the Biddle family's kitchen. It read: "The environment, conservation and historic preservation BEGIN
HERE."

Buffalo Hill, Massachusetts

Buffalo Hill Farm, located fifteen miles south of Worcester, has a rich history.

Bufflehead Bay, Massachusetts

We helped protect this 325-acre property is the centerpiece of the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge on Waquoit Bay.

C & C Reading Farm, Massachusetts

This farm has been an open landscape and active farm through a succession of different owners since the early 1600s. In recent years, however, the site's location near West Bridgewater's busy commercial area has made it the focus of several plans for commercial development.

Common Pasture, Massachusetts

TPL has helped protect approximately 290 acres in the Common Pasture in Newbury in a long-term effort to preserve this well-loved and iconic open space.

Crimson and Clover Farm, Nothampton, Massachusetts

The Trust for Public Land protects Massachusetts' most significant farmland to sustain locally grown food, reconnect communities and reduce transportation from farm to plate for more nutritious and tastier food.

Connecticut River, Massachusetts

The 410-mile Connecticut River is New England's largest river, draining a 7.2 million-acre watershed that supports fisheries, farmlands, forests, and fresh water in four states: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

East Boston Camps, MA

Less than an hour from the bustle of downtown Boston, this forest hideaway provides a peaceful refuge for foxes, otters, songbirds—and people.

East Boston Greenway, MA

In 1998, TPL transferred the first 1/2-mile of an abandoned corridor to the city, along with a small adjacent parcel, to become part of the East Boston Greenway.

Echodale Farm, Massachusetts

Located at the heart of Park Hill, 165-acre Echodale Farm was once the
largest unprotected working farm in Easthampton and vulnerable to
residential development.

Elmhurst Park, Massachusetts

TPL led an eleven-year effort to fund-raise for, design, and construct the new Elmhurst Street playground on a trash-strewn vacant lot in the park-poor Codman Square neighborhood in Boston's Dorchester section.

Elmwood Farm, MA

We helped arrange the purchase of 81 acres on Elmwood Farm as public open space, preserving Hopkinton's rural character and ensuring that the extensive hiking trails will always be open to the community.

Fort River, Massachusetts

TPL has conserved acres of river-front properties located on Moody Bridge Road near Hadley—including more than 4,000 feet of frontage on the Fort River—for addition to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Fowler Clark Epstein Urban Farm, Boston

The Trust for Public Land is working with local partners and the community to transform this neglected property into a verdant working farm and center for urban agriculture.

Garrison-Trotter Farm

There are 2,600 vacant lots scattered throughout Boston-and they've got potential. The Trust for Public Land is working to transform unused, city-owned land into neighborhood farms that will create new job opportunities and provide residents with locally grown, nutritious produce.

Griggs Farm, Billerica, MA

Established in 1943, Griggs Farm was the place to go in Billerica for spring tomato plants or fall pumpkins. But by the 1990s the farm had been hemmed in by retail malls as the town's character grew more suburban.

Hassanamessitt Woods, Massachusetts

The 190-acre Hassanamesitt Woods property in Grafton is believed to contain the core remains of one of fourteen "praying Indian villages" in southern New England established to encourage Native Americans to convert to Christianity.

Lowell's Boat Shop, MA

In New England, TPL has used its conservation expertise to protect many buildings, sites and landscapes important to the region's historic character.

Lowell National Historic Park, Massachusetts

In 1990 TPL helped the National Park Service acquire 3 acres to house the headquarters of the Lowell National Historical Park.

Lowell's Boat Shop, MA

When new technology and economic cutbacks threatened to destroy the oldest continually operating boat building business in the United States in the early 1990s, TPL helped form the Lowell's Boat Shop Trust and transferred the shop to the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport.

Maplecroft Farm, Massachusetts

In April, 2009 The Trust for Public Land reached an agreement with the Raymond family to conserve Maplecroft Farm, 250 acres of land along scenic Route 133.

North of Highland Campground, Massachusetts

The Trust for Public Land preserves our coastal lands and waters, providing public access and ensuring the long-term health of our estuaries, beaches and bays that our tourism and fishing industries need to thrive.

Monomoy River, MA

This land near Pleasure Bay provides wildlife habitat, including more than 55 species of birds and protects Harwich's drinking water.

Murray Farm, Massachusetts

The Murray Farm is one of the last working farms in Bridgewater. The family ran a dairy farm here in the early 1900s-J.H. Murray was known as the "Midnight Milkman" for his late-night milk deliveries.

Preserving the North of Highland Camping Area in Truro, Massachusetts, was a priority for the late Senator Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, who led efforts to secure federal Land and Water Conservation Fund funding for the campground which allows public access to Cape Cod Seashore.

Northampton Community Farm, Massachusetts

In 2010, The Trust for Public Land worked with the city of Northampton to conserve Bean and Allard Farms along the Mill River, to preserve local farming for the community, and expand recreational opportunities.

Northfield Forest, Massachusetts

After Northfield Mount Hermon School closed its Northfield campus, the school’s scenic forest property—made up of woodlands, trails, and reservoir—was at imminent risk of being sold and subdivided. In June 2016, any threat to the property was successfully thwarted when The Trust for Public Land and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) celebrated the complete and permanent protection of nearly 1,300 acres of land within the forest.

Parks for People New England

Urban parks in Massachusetts provide people with opportunities for exercise, recreation, community building, and spiritual renewal in nature, just as they do nationwide.

Plimpton Community Forest, Massachussetts

From the 1800s until the early 20th century, the Plimpton family grew fruit and vegetables and raised livestock on their 320-acre farm. Plimpton Community Forest in Sturbridge became part of a 2,700-acre tract of connected open space and wildlife habitat, providing a new community resource for recreation, like hiking, mountain biking, dog walking, hunting, and fishing.

Plum Island, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA

Established in 1942, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge consists of 4,662 acres on the southern two-thirds of Plum Island, a barrier island on Massachusetts' Northeast coast.

Schartner and Nicewicz Farms, Massachusetts

We helped Bolton residents and the local land trust preserve the adjoining Schartner and Nicewicz farms that had supplied the community and region for generations with a variety of fruits, flowers, and vegetables.

Strawberry Fields, Massachusetts

In 1986, TPL helped the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture purchase an Agricultural Preservation Restriction to permanently protect this 52-acre farm along the Connecticut River in the town of Montague.

Strawberry Hill, Massachusetts

In 2002, we partnered with the Department of Environmental Management protected one of the Town of Ipswich's key open space parcels.

Surf Park, Massachusetts

We helped protect two acres to create Surf Park, a tranquil setting in which to enjoy scenic views of Kettle Cove in Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Surrenden Farm, Massachusetts

In 2006, TPL worked with the Town of Groton and the Groton Conservation Trust to assemble the funds required to purchase Surrenden Farm, the town's highest conservation priority.

Thompson Island, Massachusetts

In 2002, TPL helped the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management purchase a conservation and public access restriction over Thompson Island, as part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.

Holyoke Farmland, Massachusetts

Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization community development organization in Holyoke, Massachusetts worked with The Trust for Public Land to purchase four acres of farmland to offer urban farming, education and youth outreach opportunities, leadership building and river wildlife stewardship.

Walden Woods, MA

In 1995, we helped acquire an historic home at the edge of Walden Woods as a library and research center for the Thoreau Institute, which promotes the writer's work and legacy.

Windrush Farm, Massachusetts

In 2009, the Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation and The Trust for Public Land announced the close of a successful campaign to help protect 195 acres where a unique riding program offers therapy for children and veterans with special needs.