I wanted to share with those of you who might work in the Berkshire Wildlife Linkage (Staying Connected's Greens to Hudson Linkage) that there is funding available to cover the due diligence costs for donations or steep bargain sales of land or easements. The Berkshire Wildlife Linkage Partnership was awarded a generous grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust Fund at The Boston Foundation. TNC is the fiscal agent for this grant, and we are soliciting applications for funding. Round 1 applications are due July 1st, with a rolling deadline thereafter.
The application below includes instructions for how to use our online map at bit.do/linkagemap to determine eligibility. I have been getting some good questions from groups in CT and VT. Even if you are outside of MA, you can still use this map to see if the land you are thinking about is within the Linkage boundary. If it is not, unfortunately it is not an eligible project for funding. If it is, contact Jessica Dyson (contact info in the application) for help determining whether it is core habitat, an priority corridor, or along a priority road segment in your state.
I welcome questions, even if you're in the very early stages of deciding whether or not to apply. Please don't hesitate to reach out.