Photo by A. L. Vasil, OLT Volunteer
What are the natural features which make a township handsome? A river, with
its waterfalls and meadows, a lake, a hill, a cliff, or individual rocks, a forest,
and ancient trees standing singly. Such things are beautiful; they have a high
use which dollars and cents never represent. If the inhabitants of a town were
wise, they would seek to preserve these things...for such things educate more
than any hired teachers or preachers.
-Henry David Thoreau. 1861
A land trust is a nonprofit, voluntary organization that works hand-in-hand with landowners who want to protect their property. Land trusts use a variety of tools, such as conservation easements that permanently restrict the uses of the land, land donations, purchases and strategic estate planning, to protect America's open spaces and green places which are increasingly threatened by sprawl and development. Local, regional and national land trusts, often staffed by volunteers, are helping communities save America's land heritage without relying exclusively on the deep pockets of government.
Opacum Land Trust
PO Box 233
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone/Fax (508) 347-9144
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