For Immediate Release - October 06, 2009

Patrick-Murray Administration Celebrates Wildlife Habitat Enhancement in Cheshire

WHAT:

Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin will join state officials and local conservation groups to celebrate the successful upland habitat management project at the Strafford Hill Management Area. The Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation worked with DFG's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) to extend the original habitat management project by removing fencerows, creating a critical open connection to existing fields on neighboring private lands. Following a brief speaking event, MassWildlife forestry staff will provide a tour of the facility, which provides views of the spectacular fall foliage and Mt. Greylock.


This event location is weather permitting. In case of rain, contact Marion Larson at (508) 330-2154 or the MassWildlife office in Dalton at (413)-684-1646.

WHO:

  • DFG Commissioner Griffin
  • Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation Staff
  • Local Legislators
  • MassWildlife Staff

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 7

Time: 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Strafford Hill Wildlife Management Area
Stafford Hill Road, Cheshire

DIRECTIONS:

From MassPike: Take MassPike westbound to exit 2 in Lee, take Rte 20 west through downtown Lee where it becomes Rte 20 and stay on Rte. 7 north to downtown Pittsfield to the rotary. Follow the signs to Rte 9 east towards Dalton off the rotary. Take Rte 9 east to Rte 8 North to Cheshire (passing Cheshire Lake on the left) At the traffic light in Cheshire, turn right on to Main Street. Cross the Hoosac River and bear left on Main St/ Wells Road. Follow Wells Road and take a right on to Stafford Hill Road (Right before the intersection of Rte 116). The road will go up a hill where the pavement ends. A DFW parking area will be on the right.

From Rte 9 Westbound : At the junction of Rte 9 and 8A in Windsor, proceed west on Rte. 9 to the bottom of the hill. Take the first left onto North Street toward Cheshire for approximately 4 miles to a four way intersection at Windsor Road. (The road is not paved and has steep inclines.) Continue straight through the four-way intersection on what will now be Stafford Hill Road for less than 1 mile. Look for the DFW sign on the left for the parking area.