Richard French and Emily Samuels donated a conservation restriction (CR) on a 58 acre wood lot overlooking Barton’s Cove along the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway or Route 2 as it is more commonly known.

Dick French has owned and managed the lot for timber since purchasing it in 2011 and wished to conserve the land so it will always be available for long term forestry growth as well as supporting the diverse wildlife including songbirds that frequent the deep forest and shrubby habitat on the land. Dick and Emily donated their first agricultural preservation restriction in Gill to FLT in 1992 and was instrumental in conserving and creating the 162 acre Gill Town Forest in 2007 with the Franklin Land Trust.

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