Dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character
The Sheffield Land Trust
Since 1989 over 5,000 acres protected, including 18 farms
P.O. Box 940, 96 Main St., Sheffield, MA 01257-0940
413 229-0234;


The Membership Campaign

The 2 Farms + 2 Trails Campaign

The Sheffield Land Trust, with over 450 member households and businesses, is one of the most active land trusts in the area. We’re working on three landscape initiatives encompassing many individual conservation projects that will contribute to the economic, agricultural and ecological health of Sheffield:
 The Sheffield-Egremont Agricultural, Ecological, and Scenic Corridor
 The Housatonic River Corridor Agricultural & Ecological Initiative
 The Community Recreational & Educational Trail Network.

To carry out our work on projects within these landscape initiatives, we ask for your continued support. Every contribution is important and greatly appreciated. Your contributions make our success possible; it’s a simple fact that we can’t exist without the support of our members. Thank you, in advance, from all of us at the Sheffield Land Trust!

To renew your membership or become a member, please print and mail our donation or pledge form. Contributions to SLT are tax-deductible.

Now making a gift is even easier! You can donate online:

Major Gifts of $1,000 or More

Major gifts of $1,000 or more to Sheffield Land Trust support land protection projects and/or the membership campaign and represent over 80% of SLT's income from individual contributions annually.

Major Gifts of $1,000 or more help SLT achieve its operating and project fund raising goals! View SLT's most recent IRS Form 990.

Multi-Year Pledges

What lasting impact do you want to have that SLT can help fulfill?
During the next five years, Sheffield Land Trust will need to raise over $1 million to achieve its land protection goals and meet the associated financial obligations.

Investing in conservation now will have a lasting impact on Sheffield's future agricultural, ecological and economic health.

Multi-year pledges allow contributors to spread donations of $5,000 or more over several years. They also provide SLT with the financial security to identify and conserve properties that are crucial to preserving Sheffield's natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character now and for future generations.

Challenge Grants

Challenge Grants encourage members to increase their annual giving by matching the contributions of those members meeting the Challenge Grant parameters for that year as determined in cooperation with our Challenge Grant donors. Challenge Grants have increased giving to annual Membership Campaigns by as much as 30%. Your gift of $10,000 or more to the Challenge Grant Fund can maximize the impact of your own and others' contributions.


Including a legacy gift for the Sheffield Land Trust when doing your estate planning is simple to do. Most individuals who make a legacy gift are not enormously wealthy. They may have a nest egg, an insurance policy, a home, a retirement fund – and they want to reduce their estate taxes and protect their heirs in the years to come. Making a legacy gift provides a way to accomplish the financial goals that are critical to you and to continue supporting a cause that has been important to you – the Sheffield Land Trust.

We hope you will consider including the Sheffield Land Trust in your estate planning. You may reduce your estate taxes and help ensure the Sheffield you love will survive into perpetuity. You should consult with your attorney and/or your financial planner.

Larkin Farm protected 2006