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When the dense fog bank runs through the Richmond valley in August and September, Perry's Peak rises above it for Richmond residents who live on the slopes of Lenox Mountain. That prominent part of the Taconic Range includes 340 acres of land that are being preserved from development by the town, the Richmond Land Trust, and Berkshire Natural Resources Council.


Acquiring the acreage from Berkshire Farm Center of Canaan, New York, involves paying for the land plus the costs of surveys; and the closing, which is expected to take place in July. Each of the three participants will contribute $125,000 to the purchase and expenses, which will extend the Hollow Fields preserve to the New York State line. Access to the land will be from the Hollow Fields parking lot on Perry's Peak Road in Richmond.


Richmond residents and others have hiked the property for years on unmarked trails that have been maintained largely by use. Some older townspeople recall picking wild blueberries on the ridge, but most of the newly acquired land is wooded now. Berkshire Natural Resources plans to update, expand and mark the trails.
 
The town of Richmond will use Conservation Fund monies to pay its share of the costs. The Richmond Land Trust is launching a major campaign to fund its share. Members of its board of directors and a few others have already contributed or pledged $35,000 toward the $125,000 goal.
 
Land Trust president John Keenum hopes donations large and small will support the project. "This is a segment of the Berkshire Hills that is the essence of what makes Richmond unique," he says. "It's part of the town vista that many residents see every day of their lives, either from their front doors or their back doors, or as they drive through the valley. We are delighted that Berkshire Farm was willing to part with their acreage in Richmond."
 
The fund-raising campaign is separate from Land Trust's traditional membership letters sent at the end of 2018. Donations for this acquisition should be made out to Richmond Land Trust with a note that they are for the Perry's Peak project and mailed to Richmond Land Trust, P. O. Box 21, Richmond, MA 01254.


See more information on Hollow Fields at the BNRC site:

https://www.bnrc.org/trails-and-maps/top-10-berkshire-trails/hollow-fields/


The Trust was established in 1989 and is managed by a volunteer board of 16 members.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Richmond Land Trust shall be to help preserve important lands in the Town of Richmond and to provide guidance for planned development in harmony with the traditional rural and scenic character of the town.

News and Updates

  • Total land preserved                  1,088 acres
  • Properties owned                       20, totaling 200 acres
  • Conservation restrictions         9, totaling 888 additional acres

Richmond Land Trust

RICHMOND LAND TRUST

Richmond, Massachusetts 01254

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