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Habitat Management Grant recipients

Below is a list of the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant recipients.

FY18 recipients

MassWildlife awarded $506,856 in grants for 18 habitat improvement projects across the state totaling 950aces.

  • Barnstable: The Town of Barnstable
    Amount: $10,000
    Project: To conduct prescribed burning in an effort to improve pitch pine/oak woodland habitat.
  • Great Barrington: The Berkshire Natural Resources Council
    Amount: $36,500
    Project: To conduct invasive species control at Housatonic Flats and Thomas and Palmer Preserves.
  • Heath and Plainfield: The Franklin Land Trust
    Amount: $16,675
    Project: To enhance native shrub habitat on Crowningshield Farm (Heath) and Guyette Farm (Plainfield).
  • Lenox: The Town of Lenox
    Amount: $36,630
    Project: To conduct hardy kiwi invasive species control within Kennedy Park.
  • Marlborough: The City of Marlborough
    Amount: $44,500
    Project: To create and improve young forest habitat in the Desert Natural Area.
  • Mashpee: The Town of Mashpee
    Amount: $24,000
    Project: To conduct prescribed burning to improve habitat within the Holland Mill Pine Barrens.
  • Nantucket: The Nantucket Conservation Foundation
    Amount: $18,997
    Project: To manage heathlands on the Head of The Plains properties.
  • Newbury: The Trustees of Reservations
    Amount: $30,264
    Project: To expand and improve grasslands at Old Town Hill Reservation.
  • Orange : Fred Heyes
    Amount: $38,608
    Project: To create young forest and shrubland habitat along the West Branch Tully River.
  • Sharon: Mass Audubon
    Amount: $38,201
    Project: To manage shrubland habitats and create young forest habitat at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Sheffield: Sheffield Land Trust
    Amount: $15,632
    Project: To work to control invasive species at Ashley Falls Woods.
  • Sheffield: The Nature Conservancy
    Amount: $20,503
    Project: To create and improve old field and shrubland habitats at the Schenob Brook Preserve.
  • Stockbridge : The Cherry Hill Realty Trust
    Amount: $15,500
    Project: To remove the invasive hardy kiwi plant.
  • Stockbridge: The Town of Stockbridge
    Amount: $20,905
    Project: To treat invasive species at Gould Meadows and Bullard Woods.
  • Tolland: Mass Audubon
    Amount: $24,493
    Project: To create shrubland habitat at the Richardson Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Topsfield: Mass Audubon
    Amount: $36,646
    Project: To expand and improve shrubland habitat at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Ware: Brian and Martha Klassanos
    Amount: $4,859
    Project: To create and improve shrubland and field habitat.
  • Westport: The Westport Land Conservation Trust
    Amount: $12,783
    Project: To improve shrubland habitat and conduct stream restoration work at the Dunham Brook Conservation Area.
  • Wilbraham: The Town of Wilbraham
    Amount: $26,150
    Project: To improve pitch pine habitat at Twelve Mile Brook Conservation Area.
  • Yarmouth: The Town of Yarmouth
    Amount: $25,000
    Project: To use prescribed burning to restore pitch pine/oak woodlands.

FY17 recipients

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.

FY16 recipients

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.

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