Minnechaug Mountain

Minnechaug Mountain, in Hampden, Massachusetts, is one of the finest hiking areas in and around the Pioneer Valley.

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Goat Rock Trail

The 35-acre parcel, known as Goat Rock Conservation Land, connects two Town parks via a popular hiking trail, the Goat Rock Ridge Trail, which runs along the Wilbraham Mountain ridge for a little over a mile.

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Rice Nature Preserve

The Rice Nature Preserve, was acquired through the cooperative efforts of former landowner Jesse Rice, the Town of Wilbraham, the Minnechaug Land Trust, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Self-Help Program.

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McDonald Farm Nature Preserve

This land was farmed for many years by Alton and Helen McDonald. Alton used to hay the fields on his property, as well as some of the fields the town owned that you will pass on your hike.

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These lands are open for the pleasure of the public.

These properties were protected by preservation efforts in both towns, using a combination of State and private grants,
Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds, and donations from private individuals.

President’s Message, January 2016

Happy and healthy New Year to everyone! Every January, I am excited to announce plans for the upcoming year, and 2016 will be a busy one.

In Wilbraham, we are proceeding with the preservation of Mt Marcy, one of the highest points in Wilbraham and a critical environmental resource. Last year, this project never made it to Town Meeting for approval, because some members of the Community Preservation Committee oppose use of CPA funds for land protection (ironic, because CPA was approved to save Rice Farm!). This second time around, we have worked harder to inform residents about this important project. We expect that this year, the fate of Mt Marcy can rightly be decided by voters at Town Meeting. We know from our many MLT members that our mission is supported by a large majority of our residents, and it is a shame that a few loud voices have made our work harder. A letter or email to town officials in support of this project would help!

Another successful Run for Rices held last October, raising needed funds to mow fields and maintain the property.

In Hampden, we will be going before the CPC and on to Town Meeting to preserve Mt. Vision, a 39 acre parcel nestled against the Wilbraham Town line, with a narrow main entrance on North Rd and a right of way from Burleigh Rd. Conservation of this land will contribute to the North-South wildlife corridor, and provides connection to nearby conservation lands in both towns.

We are pleased to report that trail use is up at both Rice Nature Preserve and MacDonald Farm in Wilbraham, as well as at Minnechaug Mtn, Goat Rock, and West Brook in Hampden. As always, I close this letter with appreciation to all of you, who support our goals of preserving the most special places in our communities to benefit our environment, our native wildlife and for future generations to enjoy. Please help us continue this important work with your votes at Town Meeting, your help during trail work days, and with your membership dues. With your help, 2016 will be the best year ever!

Sincerely,

Sherry Himmelstein

7th Annual Run for Rice’s 5K Road Race 2017

Hosted by the Rice Nature Preserve Stewardship Committee of the Minnechaug Land Trust, Inc.

Proceeds to benefit the Rice Nature Preserve Stewardship Fund

Thank you to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who made the Sixth Annual Run for Rice the biggest and most successful run ever!

Thank You 2016 Run for Rice Race Sponsors