Our Story and Mission

Our Story

Opacum Land Trust, Inc. is a 13-town regional land conservation organization formed in 2000 to protect natural and cultural resources in South Central Massachusetts. These non-renewable resources include fertile farmland, lush green forests, river corridors, wetlands and watersheds, vernal pools, habitat for endangered animals and plants, scenic vistas, and historic and prehistoric sites.

We work in the towns of Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Holland, Monson, North Brookfield, Palmer, Sturbridge, Southbridge, Wales, Warren & West Brookfield.

Our Mission

Our aim is to protect the New England charm and rural character of our communities, promote proactive conservation, and the creation of greenways and wildlife corridors. Opacum Land Trust is able to permanently protect open space through donation or purchase of land, bargain sales, or by holding a conservation easement.

Opacum Land Trust is a member of the Mass Land Trust Coalition, The Land Trust Alliance, MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership, and Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce.

How You Can Help

To accomplish these tasks, your membership and donations are necessary. Please help us reach our conservation goals by donating today.


Opacum Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donors can take advantage of charitable tax deductions, income tax deductions, or reduced property or estate taxes to the maximum extent allowable by law.

What is a Land Trust

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.