Thanks to generous donations from visitors, foundations and companies, the Conservation Trust has been able to fund many worthwhile projects, both large and small, over the years since its inception. The following sampling shows the variety of projects sponsored through the Trust.


  • Bicentennial and Mountain House Trails Rehabilitation at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
  • Adaptive horseback riding program along trails at Bradley Palmer State Park
  • Fall & spring landscaping supplies for Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
  • Musical family performance at Lowell Heritage State Park
  • Mobi Chair – a floating beach wheelchair – providing visitors with a seamless transition from boardwalk to beach to water, and enhancing their recreational experience at Salisbury Beach State Reservation


  • Construction of a 32’ bridge at Upton State Forest
  • Construction of 1,607 feet of new trail, 12 step stones and 2 stone staircases at Savoy State Forest
  • Canoe instruction program at Lowell Heritage State Park
  • Materials to rebuild park benches and trail stairs at Dunn State Park
  • Interpretive tracking program at Bradley Palmer State Park
  • Summer Programming Series at Lowell Heritage State Park


  • Bridge construction at Wompatuck State Park
  • Outdoor skating rink at Salisbury Beach State Reservation
  • Educational program at Willard Brook State Forest
  • Roofing shingles for Dunbar Brook Shelter at Mohawk State Forest
  • Lumber for stairway at Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation trail entrance


  • Canoes, kayaks, life jackets & paddles for Learn To Canoe program at Harold Parker State Forest
  • Specialized seating for Universal Access summer adaptive sailing programs
  • Headstone stabilization at Quabbin Park Cemetery
  • Environmental Educators at Appalachian Rail Trail
  • Boat Ramp monitoring program to prevent spread of zebra mussels at Onota and Pontoosuc Lakes in Pittsfield, MA


  • Living History programs at Walden Pond State Reservation
  • Educational exhibit materials for Western Gateway Heritage State Park
  • Hand-held ice resurfacer to smooth out ice on the skating rink at Wendell State Forest
  • Prize/Recycle Bags to support Department's Park Passport (park exploration) program and recycling initiative


  • Visitor Enhancement Trails projects at Upton State Forest, Whitehall State Park, Hopkinton State Park, Granville State Forest, Mt. Greylock State Reservation, Otter River State Park, Wendell State Forest, Quinsigamond State Park, Freetown Fall River State Park
  • Saltmarsh Restoration Project at Waquoit Bay/South Cape Beach State Reservation
  • Educational supplies for interpretive programs at Western Gateway Heritage State Park
  • Materials for nature photo exhibit and walking bridge on trail at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
  • Water bubbler at Borderland State Park
  • Designs and supplies for DCR’s Park Passport Program
  • Spotting scope and tripod for interpretive programs at Nickerson State Park


  • Land acquisition of two municipal parcels, adding and incorporating 26 acres into the Georgetown Rowley SF
  • Groundwork to prepare properties for rehabilitation by future curators through the Historic Curatorship Program
  • Erosion Control Project at Nickerson State Park
  • Materials for Tague Photo Exhibit at Mt. Greylock State Reservation
  • Supplies and materials to refurbish historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) truck for CCC Legacy educational programs, historic public display, and events
  • Materials for pavilion built with CCC-era logs pulled from Ruggles Pond in Wendell State Forest where they had been stored for preservation since 1938
  • DCR State Forests and Parks and Civilian Conservation Corps Camps mural for display at Eastern States Exposition
  • Living history program and spin cast reels for fishing program at Walden Pond State Reservation
  • Materials to replace steps at Washburn Island


  • Call for Artists Iron Ranger Painting Program – paint and supplies
  • Wood and other supplies for Eagle Scout trail enhancement project to build a bridge over a stream at Douglas State Forest
  • Maple Sugaring equipment at Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
  • Last Child in the Woods books for Leadership Training – Park Fellows Program
  • Supplies for Down on the Farm event activities at Great Brook Farm
  • Park trail improvement project, including interpretive signage and a bench at Cochituate State Park
  • Trail signs at Great Brook Farm

Previous Years' Projects

  • 2006 – Interpretive signage at South Cape Beach State Reservation
  • 2006 – Performers for Lynn Heritage State Park’s Anniversary Celebration – Summer Series
  • 2006 – Maple Sugaring Boiler for Maple Sugar Days at Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park
  • 2006 – Schooner Ernestina keel restoration
  • 2005 – Facility site remediation at Webb Memorial State Park
  • 2005 – Rescue board and small boat for use in Walden Pond State Reservation’s Water Safety program
  • 2005 – Boardwalk at Plum Island Point, Plum Island State Reservation
  • 2005 – “River Rangers” at Connecticut River to monitor and oversee visitor use, and provide interpretive and visitor services at Connecticut River Greenway State Park
  • 2005 – Fishing and other accessibility improvements and materials for enhancement of the Nature Center at D.A.R. State Forest
  • 2005 – Arbor Day seedlings for Salisbury Beach State Reservation
  • 2004 – Bicycle helmets for the Bicycle Safety Rodeo program at the 25th anniversary of the Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • 2004 – Emergency Coffer dam at Buckley Dunton Dam, October Mountain State Forest
  • 2004 – Invasive Plants informational brochure for the Lakes and Ponds Program
  • 2004 – Milfoil Remediation Program for Cochituate State Park
  • 2003 – Civilian Conservation Corps Worker’s Statue, installed at Freetown State Forest
  • 2003 – Historic photo exhibit at Mount Greylock State Reservation
  • 2003 – Musical entertainment and centennial banners and supplies for Mt. Tom State Reservation’s 100th anniversary celebration
  • 2003 – Historic assessment of the National Monument to the Forefathers
  • 2003 – Birds of Prey demonstration and interpretive program and supplies for Harold Parker State Forest
  • 2002 – Trolley Bus Rental for Historical Tours at Lawrence Heritage State Park
  • 2002 – Seasonal staff to provide interpretive programs and visitor services at Maudslay State Park
  • 2002 – Summer Interns to staff Nantucket State Forest
  • 2002 – Land Acquisition Annual Report
  • 2001 – Visitor greeter desks for the exhibit area at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • 2001 – Blacksmith, Furniture Maker and Musicians for Harold Parker State Forest’s Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
  • 2001 – Butterfly Walk and Slide Show for the Junior Ranger Presentation at Great Brook Farm State Park
  • 2001 – Winter Footwear for work at Krug Sugarbush and ice rink, D.A.R. State Forest
  • 2001 – 5K Road Race – Bread and Roses Heritage Labor Day Festival at Lawrence Heritage State Park
  • 2000 – Rural Access bus trips "People to Parks" to Sandy Point State Reservation, Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, and Purgatory Chasm State Park
  • 2000 – Engineering, permitting and design work for restoring Nasketucket Bay State Reservation
  • 2000 – Pressure treated lumber, concrete, grass seed and fencing for erosion control at Myles Standish State Park’s Barrett Pond Camping area
  • 2000 – Educational supplies for Massachusetts Envirothon
  • 2000 – Installation and supplies associated with "Mitt Mutts" dog clean-up dispensers at Borderland State Park
  • 1999 – Partial funding for acquisition of new park property in Sudbury
  • 1999 – Bread and Roses Heritage Festival at Lawrence Heritage State Park
  • 1999 – Thoreau Living History Program at Walden Pond
  • 1999 – Training, recruitment and supplies for lifeguards
  • 1999 – Matthew Gerlach Bike Safety Program, Cape Cod Rail Trail, bike safety ranger/trail rides
  • 1999 – Clemson Pond leveler to control the rising water level near the Norwottuck Rail Trail
  • 1999 – New portable microphone system to enhance sound on school tours at Holyoke Heritage State Park
  • 1998 – Daniel Botkin, lecturer on “People and Nature” at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • 1998 – “Giants in the Wilderness” six performance and Chautauqua-style discussions as part of the Centennial Celebration
  • 1998 – Grant to Harvard University to publish forest history book
  • 1998 – Landscaping for Enchanta Bridge, Moore State Park
  • 1997 – Replacement of tools for the Northeast, Horseneck Beach
  • 1997 – Environmental Education Day on the Ernestina
  • 1997 – Supplies, support costs (tours, educational programs, entertainers) and equipment (snowthrower, trimmer/brushcutter/2-way radios) in the Northeast
  • 1996 – Book shelves for archival section of the library in the Berkshires
  • 1996 – Lawrence Heritage Visitors Center and Canal St., boat repair, training, equipment and replacement of tree & guardrail
  • 1996 – Three lawn mowers for Pilgrim Memorial State Park
  • 1995 – Flowers, shrubs, trees, hardware & lighting for Flower Show exhibit
  • 1995 – Supplies and equipment to operate Krug Sugarbush maple syrup program
  • 1995 – Fence and rock installation along the Norwottuck Rail Trail as an additional safety measure
  • 1994-2003 – Appalachian Trail "Ridge Runner" trail maintenance and safety
  • 1994 – “Kids in the Park” & “Lumberjack Festival” coordinator, instructor & program expenses at Gardner Heritage State Park
  • 1994 – Reprint of Myles Standish Monument Interpretive environmental education piece
  • 1994 – Grant for the Berkshire Botanical Garden printing of a brochure which listed state parks
  • 1993 – Western Gateway Heritage State Park educational programs

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