As a land trust, our Mission since we were founded in 1986 has been to preserve open and accessible space for the benefit of present and future generations.
Through educational programs and other related initiatives, we also serve as a catalyst to increase public awareness over land-use issues and options, to promote responsible land stewardship, and to connect the community to the region’s natural heritage.
On a selective basis and as our resources permit, we also cooperate with other organizations to support affordable farming and housing projects.
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In support of this Mission, we are committed to:
- Focusing selectively on land with important conservation value, land in close proximity to other preserved open space, and working landscapes such as farms and forests, while establishing public access wherever possible;
- Offering people of all age groups varied education programs, workshops and events to learn about our natural and cultural heritage, and to encourage them to get out and experience the land firsthand;
- Taking positions on appropriate and sustainable land-uses for people in the community to consider when facing inevitable and conflicting pressures around these options; and
- Engaging in other outreach initiatives to inform people in the community about the work of Rural Lands, to encourage them to become supporting members, and to underscore that protecting the special quality of life in Williamstown is a responsibility we all share.