In the early 1990's, sportsmen and women realized that the cost of land was escalating and through an organized effort, passed legislation that required that when any person purchases a fishing, hunting, or trapping license, a Wildlands conservation stamp of $5 is included as part of the purchase. This fee is directed towards a Wildlands Fund that pays for the cost of acquiring wildlife habitat. Lands purchased with this revenue are open to fishing, hunting, trapping and other passive wildlife related recreation. The other source of funding for wildland acquisition are open space bond funds.
Help MassWildlife protect habitat! Purchase a license or make a direct donation to the Wildlands Fund by sending a check to MassWildlife's Boston Office made payable to: Comm. of Mass--Wildlands Fund.
Consider making a donation to the Wildlands Fund in someone's name. Organizations hosting a presentation by a MassWildlife staff person have often contributed to the fund. Some families who have lost a loved one have directed donations to the Wildlands Fund.
Devine and Mitchell Farm
The Devine and Mitchell families conveyed 182 acres of land in Colrain for addition to the Green River Wildlife Management Area. Both Wildlands Stamp funds and bond capital were applied to this acquisition.
This property is a gorgeous old farm located along the Green River that contains exceptional natural resources and enough road frontage for over 20 houses. It is habitat for three Special Concern Species and is BioMap2 Core for these rare species.
The landscape is varied and very interesting. There are roughly sixty acres of fields that are growing in but easily reclaimed. The remainder is forested with varied grades, a significant plot of mature white and black oak, an extensive section of Stafford Brook (a beautiful cold water stream holding native brook trout and featuring a deep gorge several hundred yards long), two other small perennial streams, and three nice woods roads transecting the property and providing excellent access.
ADM Agawam Development, LLC, an affiliate of A.D. Makepeace Company, Inc., conveyed 58 acres of land in fee and granted a conservation restriction on another 28 acres adjacent to the shore of Halfway Pond in Plymouth. Both Wildlands Stamp funds and bond capital were applied to this acquisition.
The Halfway Pond area contains an incredibly rich array of natural resources. It is habitat for 18 state-listed rare species (3 endangered, 3 threatened, and 12 special concern). The property has over 3,000 feet of frontage on this rare coastal plan pond. It is also Bald Eagle habitat. Healthy chicks were observed in a nest adjacent to the pond during the spring of 2013.