In the spring of 2008, Evelyn Guyette gifted her 107-acre Plainfield farm to the Franklin Land Trust.
With this gift, Evelyn ended her family’s 78-year ownership of the property and ensured that good stewardship of its pastures and woodlots would be continued by FLT. Since 2008, FLT has managed this special land for agriculture, wildlife habitat, and community enjoyment. It is home to the Raspberry Hill Community Garden, a stunning picnic area, and offers hikers a lovely 1-mile interpretive trail through fields, hemlock forests, and over the cool waters of Meadow Brook.
Ten years later, FLT is thrilled to announce that this special land is now permanently protected through a conservation restriction held by the Department of Fish and Game. To make the Swift River Landscape Partnership Project possible, FLT donated a CR to Fish and Game at a value of $158,000. Then, FLT used that donation value to meet the match requirements for the Commonwealth’s Landscape Partnership grant. By leveraging the conservation value, FLT was able to conserve 500 additional acres of land, making Evelyn Guyette’s original donation that much more meaningful.
We send our deepest thanks to Evelyn Guyette for her generous and lasting donation, and to you for making major projects like this possible!