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.
Simply Stunning photos of that area!! Kudos to all who worked tirelessly to preserve such a beautiful area.ReplyDelete
Pete a great deal of effort, and an even greater reward for all.
a perfect day for the celebration of effort and success.ReplyDelete
Theresa you could not have had a better day if you asked for it.
I am glad that land is preserved for the brook trout, partridge and other wildlife that call that home. I appreciate the efforts of all who accomplished this.ReplyDelete
Sam there are partridge in residence, and they do not conflict with the brookies. Wonderful work accomplished here.
Wonderful news! Thank you for sharing such a needed, uplifting story in these crazy times that we can all agree on.ReplyDelete
Chuck you said it. It's nice to see what can get accomplished if we work together.
I rase a glass of "barleywine" to it.
Catching up with my blog buddies after some time away, sure am glad I did. Groups like this make you feel good about what's going on in the world. It's a shame they don't get the news coverage other things do. Beautiful photos of the changing colors by the way, I love this time of year!ReplyDelete
Mike it's true good works seem to take the second page, when in fact they should be headlines.
It's a special time of year.
I'm always in awe of your surroundings and your love for Brook Trout. Unfortunately out here (California), Brook Trout are considered an invasive species so much so that normal trout limits are 5, but in many areas, Brook Trout limits are 10 trying to rid the area of them. Everybody keep up the good work back there.ReplyDelete
Mark I agree in restoring streams with native species. But what bothers the hell out of me is why did they stock them in the first place.
Congratulations to those people who through their efforts and dedication have made this project hopefully be an example to many places of our sport fishing and so to preserve the environment and also to brook trout. And lucky for you that you can also fish in that area. and yes the autumn really is the best time for our sport of fly fishingReplyDelete
Armando it's refreshing to see people come together for the good of all. They saw a need, put it together and got it done swiftly.....
Well done indeed.ReplyDelete
I'm sure they appreciate the comment.
I think you were spoiled with all that food, nice write up and stunning pics as alwaysReplyDelete
George I love a good snack, and when it's in a place as that it's even better.