RCP Stats

Coordinator: Mark Wamsley, Kestrel Land Trust

Contact Info:  mark@kestreltrust.org

Year started: 2008

Mission Statement:
“The Forever Farmland Initiative is a collaborative effort to accelerate the pace of farmland conservation in the Connecticut River Valley region through strategic conservation planning, raising public awareness, and stimulating private charitable investments to leverage state and federal funding for farmland conservation.”

General Location: Pioneer Valley (Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties, MA)

Acreage of Area Covered by Partnership: 975,307

Number of Partners: 15

RCP Status: Maturing

Website: http://www.foreverfarmland.org/

RCP Activities

Specialties:

  • Land protection
  • Outreach and education
  • Partner engagement
  • Regional conservation planning

Current Activities:

  • Promoting farmland conservation activities through outreach, workshops, networking, creative problem solving, and planning with partners
  • Working to ensure farmland is included as a vital component of regional land conservation plans and visions
  • Exploring and fostering land trust commitment to equitable farmland access for disadvantaged communities throughout the Pioneer Valley
  • Forever Farmland sign campaign