Restoring Lake Mansfield's Native Habitat Now and in the Future

Serviceberry, Summer Sweet, Silky Dogwood, Steeple Bush... These are just a few of the native shrubs that have been planted on the hillside that is at the confluence of Knob Hill Road and Lake Mansfield Road. A grassy slope was left with the undertaking of the storm water mitigation project. Lake Mansfield Alliance has taken on the restoration of this slope as a final step of the project.  Sassafras Land Care owner, Devan Arnold, was hired for the job.

Thank You 9th Annual Run for the Hills Participants!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 9th Annual Run for the Hills 5k/10k Race on Sunday, October 6th! 120 runners and walkers enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage in support of land conservation in Great Barrington while families and kids had a fun run on the soccer field at Simon’s Rock.  

Thanks to our record number of business sponsors and to the staff at Simon’s Rock and the Kilpatrick Athletic Center for making this year’s Run for the Hills such a successful event!

The Roots of our Treasured Red Oak are Breathing Easier

Great Barrington - On September 28th, twelve dedicated volunteers donned work gloves, grabbed tools and got to work to save a large red oak tree located between River Walk and the old Searles School.  This effort was led by River Walk, a project of Great Barrington Land Conservancy. Arborist, Tom Ingersoll led this effort with an explanation about the steps needed to support tree health. Large trees have an extensive and shallow root system. Compaction from vehicles and competition with grass can stress wide-spreading roots and threaten the health of trees.