It was one of the best days of the season. Autumn at it's peak. On a mountain top in Northwest Massachusetts a group of people got together to celebrate and dedicate a portion of land that will be forever as it is today. The conserved property is the Crowningshield Farm. It comprises about 100 acres of beautiful woods, fields, and a wild brook trout stream. A mile of the west branch of the North River is now protected.
The achievement was the hard work of many like minded people and groups. This partnership worked together to preserve this area for future generations to enjoy. I would like to thank these groups along with all their staffs who put a lot of effort so this could happen. The Franklin Land Trust, MA/RI Council Of Trout Unlimited and MA. Div Of Fish and Wildlife. I see this as a "Big" victory for the brook trout, but it's really a victory for all who love the outdoors in it's natural state.
I hope in the photo's below I can do justice to what is now all of ours to enjoy. I'm a fisherman who's passion is the brook trout, but the hiker, hunter, naturalist and the person who just enjoys solitude has gained from Crowningshield.
New England...in that valley lies a pristine stream for our beloved brook trout.
Simple elegance...I wish I could enjoy a break like this everyday.
Rich Hubbard, executive director of The Franklin Land Trust
"Partners"...Rich Hubbard,FLT, Matt Beaton, George Peterson, MA Fish and Wildlife, and Gary Crago and Kevin Parsons, Trout Unlimited.
People who have helped in this achievement....thank you.
|The WB North River|
I have been blessed with another place to fish. But the real winner here is the brook trout, for in these waters and within the protection of the surrounding woodlands will thrive for generations to come.