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Conservation Restriction Placed on Forested, Western MA Mountain

Deval Patrick

Officials have placed a conservation restriction on a forest covered mountain in western Massachusetts marking the largest private land conservation deal in the state in nearly a century. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The conservation restriction on 3,500 acres of Brushy Mountain in the towns of Leverett and Shutesbury allows forestry operations to continue, but conserves wildlife habitat and will provide recreational access to the public on what was previously private land.

The land was acquired for almost $9 million with $5 million coming from a US Forest Service grant secured by Congressman John Olver. 

Governor Patrick, joined federal, state, local officials and conservationists Tuesday to dedicate the conserved forest in honor of Paul C. Jones, the deceased 8th generation leader of the land company that had owned the parcel.

Paul Tuthill, WAMC News.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.