MassWildlife awarded $506,856 in grants for 18 habitat improvement projects across the state totaling 950aces.
- Barnstable: The Town of Barnstable
Project: To conduct prescribed burning in an effort to improve pitch pine/oak woodland habitat.
- Great Barrington: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Project: To conduct invasive species control at Housatonic Flats and Thomas and Palmer Preserves.
- Heath and Plainfield: The Franklin Land Trust
Project: To enhance native shrub habitat on Crowningshield Farm (Heath) and Guyette Farm (Plainfield).
- Lenox: The Town of Lenox
Project: To conduct hardy kiwi invasive species control within Kennedy Park.
- Marlborough: The City of Marlborough
Project: To create and improve young forest habitat in the Desert Natural Area.
- Mashpee: The Town of Mashpee
Project: To conduct prescribed burning to improve habitat within the Holland Mill Pine Barrens.
- Nantucket: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation
Project: To manage heathlands on the Head of The Plains properties.
- Newbury: The Trustees of Reservations
Project: To expand and improve grasslands at Old Town Hill Reservation.
- Orange : Fred Heyes
Project: To create young forest and shrubland habitat along the West Branch Tully River.
- Sharon: Mass Audubon
Project: To manage shrubland habitats and create young forest habitat at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Sheffield: Sheffield Land Trust
Project: To work to control invasive species at Ashley Falls Woods.
- Sheffield: The Nature Conservancy
Project: To create and improve old field and shrubland habitats at the Schenob Brook Preserve.
- Stockbridge : The Cherry Hill Realty Trust
Project: To remove the invasive hardy kiwi plant.
- Stockbridge: The Town of Stockbridge
Project: To treat invasive species at Gould Meadows and Bullard Woods.
- Tolland: Mass Audubon
Project: To create shrubland habitat at the Richardson Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Topsfield: Mass Audubon
Project: To expand and improve shrubland habitat at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Ware: Brian and Martha Klassanos
Project: To create and improve shrubland and field habitat.
- Westport: The Westport Land Conservation Trust
Project: To improve shrubland habitat and conduct stream restoration work at the Dunham Brook Conservation Area.
- Wilbraham: The Town of Wilbraham
Project: To improve pitch pine habitat at Twelve Mile Brook Conservation Area.
- Yarmouth: The Town of Yarmouth
Project: To use prescribed burning to restore pitch pine/oak woodlands.
MassWildlife awarded $317,243 in habitat management grants for 12 habitat improvement projects totaling 534 aces.
- Amherst - Using $18,426 in grant funds, the Town of Amherst will remove woody vegetation and control invasive species to improve old field habitats.
- Ashfield and Hawley - The Massachusetts Forest Alliance has been awarded $47,950 in order to create young forest habitat.
- Dalton and Hinsdale - For $18,000, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council will work to control invasive plants and improve floodplain forest along the Old Mill Trail.
- Ipswich - The Trustees of Reservations has been awarded $19,500 to improve meadow habitat on the Appleton Farms property.
- Lenox - The Town of Lenox has been awarded $33,500 to combat the hardy kiwi invasive plant infestation.
- Marlborough - For $14,483, the Town of Marlborough will work to control invasive plants in pitch pine – oak habitat at Desert Natural Area.
- Mashpee - The Town of Mashpee has been awarded $11,611 to convert an old bog into seasonal waterfowl habitat.
- Nantucket - For $38,469, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation will reduce shrub and tree species cover to improve habitat conditions for wildlife dependent on grasslands and heathlands.
- Sheffield - The Nature Conservancy has been awarded $23,640 to improve wetland and grassland habitats through the removal of woody plants on the Schenob Brook Preserve.
- Sheffield - The Trustees of Reservations has been awarded $35,701 to restore grassland habitat through woody species removal and invasive species control on the West Grumpelt Parcel of Bartholemew’s Cobble Preserve.
- Otis - Using $29,213 in grant funds, MassAudubon will create new, and expand existing, shrubland habitat on the Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Ware - Using $26,750 in grant funds, private landowners Brian and Martha Klassanos will treat invasive plants, establish grassland habitat, and improve shrublands on their Muddy Brook Valley property.
MassWildlife awarded $320,464 in grants for 13 wildlife habitat improvement projects across Massachusetts.
- Athol - Using $24,610 in grant funds, the Town of Athol Conservation Commission will conduct forestry activities to create young forest habitats on Athol’s Bearsden Conservation Area.
- Brookfield and Ware - The East Quabbin Land Trust has been awarded $16,730 to use fire to promote native wildlife in Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak and wet meadow habitats on Frohloff Farm and Wendemuth Meadow Preserve.
- Dartmouth - The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust has been awarded $18,096 for field and grassland creation and restoration at Smith Farm Reserve.
- Edgartown - The Nature Conservancy has been awarded $32,908 to conduct prescribed burns to maintain sandplain grassland habitat on the Katama Plains Conservation Area.
- Great Barrington - For $20,900, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council will work to control invasive plants on the Housatonic Flats Reserve.
- Hardwick - The East Quabbin Land Trust has been awarded $16,290 to maintain and promote shrubland and to treat invasive species of plants.
- Heath - The Franklin Land Trust will be using $19,899 to create grassland habitat and remove invasive plants on Crowningshield Farm.
- Monson - The Town of Monson has been awarded $27,750 to restore young forest habitat on its Carpenter Road property.
- Nantucket - For $20,357, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation will reduce shrub and tree species cover to improve habitat conditions for wildlife dependent on grasslands and heathlands.
- Sheffield - The Nature Conservancy has been awarded $49,480 to improve fen and grassland habitats through invasive plant control and removal of woody plants on the Schenob Brook Preserve.
- Sheffield - The Trustees of Reservations has been awarded $33,000 to restore grassland habitat on the West Grumpelt Parcel of Bartholemew’s Cobble Preserve.
- Wilbraham - Using $11,600 in grant funds, the Town of Wilbraham will treat invasive species and improve meadow and old field habitats at the Thayer Brook Conservation Area.
- Wilbraham - Using $28,844 in grant funds, the Town of Wilbraham will treat invasive plants, improve young forest habitat, and install shelter for wildlife on its Twelve Mile Brook Conservation Area.