South county land trusts take collaborative approach to conservation initiative
Berkshire Trade & Commerce
, February 2010
A current initiative to protect the natural habitat and character of a corner of southwest Berkshire County reflects an increasing emphasis on a collaborative approach to land conservation on a regional scale, and on consideration of individual sites in the context of the larger landscape and community.
The initiative - known as the Sheffield-Egremont Agricultural, Ecological and Scenic Corridor - focuses on an area between Route 7 on the east and the Taconic range to the west, in northwest Sheffield and Egremont. It extends north of Berkshire School Road and encompasses land in the vicinity of the Sheffield-Egremont Road and Route 41. Read more
If it were not for the efforts of the Sheffield Land Trust (SLT), the former Cold Springs Farm at 946 Hewins St. in Sheffield would likely be sprouting subdivisions instead of crops. However, the historic and scenic 54-acre farm will remain in agricultural use, through a state agricultural preservation restriction (APR) and other efforts led by the SLT.
The Wolfes moved there in September 2006 (a few months before the formal completion of the sale), and renamed it Wolfe Spring Farm. They operate a family farm there, growing and selling organic vegetables, fruit, berries, meat and eggs for local consumption. Read more