The Western Massachusetts Land Protection Fund focuses on three primary sub-regions in the western half of the state; the Berkshires, Connecticut River Valley, and the Quabbin area.
The Fund began operations in the summer of 2005 following the completion of a study by OSI gauging conservation threats and opportunities in the region, Western Massachusetts: Assessing the Conservation Opportunity.
The study resulted in the creation of a $2 million dollar low-cost loan fund from a private charitable foundation. The fund, which grew to $4 million in September 2006, aims to further conservation through the protection of working farms, forests and biologically important landscapes in western Massachusetts.
For more information, contact OSI's New England Field Coordinator Jennifer Melville at firstname.lastname@example.org.