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Williamstown Con Comm Seeks Specifics on Spruces Plantings

The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1. And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.

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Williamstown's Spruces Committee Picks Guntlow for Engineering Work

The Spruces Land Use Committee on Wednesday selected Guntlow and Associates to do a wetland delineation and conceptual design for utilizing 42 acres of the former mobile home park on Main Street. The committee received two bids for the work, which is being funded from Community Preservation Act funds awarded at May's annual town meeting.

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Baker Signs Bill Putting Greylock Glen Under Article 97 Protection

The Greylock Glen has gotten an extra layer of protection with Gov. Charle Baker's signing of a bill on Monday that puts the 1,008 acres under Article 97 protection. "I am proud to partner with the town of Adams, the legislative delegation, and key stakeholders on legislation advancing another important milestone of the future management of the Greylock Glen land," Baker said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing our work with the town as we move forward ensuring the public truly bene

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Crane Donates Jericho Woods Conservation Group

Crane & Co. has donated 126 acres of woodlands, known as Jericho Woods, to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. The Jericho Woods property spans the communities of Dalton and Hinsdale, and has been protected by Crane and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife under a Wildlife Conservation Easement. In 2015, Crane donated 685 acres of land, known as the Boulders, to the BNRC.

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Williamstown Planners Flip on Waubeeka Land 'Bonus' Issue

Less than a week after the Planning Board decided to pursue an amended Waubeeka Overlay District bylaw that did not require the owner to trade conserved land for additional building square footage, three members of the board did a 180 on Wednesday night. After a heated 90-minute discussion, the board voted 3-2 to send town meeting an amendment to the citizen's petition overlay bylaw that would force Wabeeka Golf Links' owner to set aside more than 100 acres for 60,000 square feet of developme

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Letter: Support Waubeeka Compromise & Sarah Gardner

I plan to vote for the Waubeeka petition at our Williamstown town meeting as amendments are worked out on the floor. It is the best way to actually preserve open space possibilities as well as perhaps "banking" the land for the future as climate change brings more challenges to food production. It certainly would not hurt to realize the revenue off of the planned proposal if it could find a responsible developer.

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Activist Protest Pipeline As Court Case Over Easements Begin

A court case with the potential for massive long-term repercussions regarding natural gas pipelines began to play out Friday. Outside of Berkshire Superior Court, around a hundred activists gathered to protest Kinder Morgan's plans.

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Clear Vision Sought for Pittsfield Conservation Lands

Local conservation officials may have to make some tough choices in the future to preserve some of the most pristine wetlands and critical ecologies on public lands, according to emerging findings from a study being conducted of four city conservation properties.

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