Lenox Land Trust walk-around at town-owned Post Farm

About Us

Mission Statement

 Recognizing the pressures on land use and also recognizing the rights of individual property owners, the Lenox Land trust believes that it is imperative to preserve and maintain the rural New England character of Lenox and the surrounding area for present and future generations and forms this corporation for the following purposes:

  • To promote appreciation of natural resources in the Town of Lenox and environs and to stimulate education and research concerning these resources.
  • To preserve the natural environment by acquiring by gift or purchase whole or partial interests in natural scenic, open and rural lands in Lenox and environs; to identify those lands; and to act as an informational clearing house in cooperation with appropriate groups, individuals, or both.
  • To identify and preserve ecologically sensitive land and water and to create protected wildlife habitat.​
  • To work with other organizations to encourage land development which is appropriate for and beneficial to the community; and to encourage the development of housing which will help promote economic diversity of citizenship in Lenox when planned for and built in a way which respects the land and its neighborhood.
  • To work with other organizations to preserve Lenox's historic landscapes, viewsheds, buildings, and structures.
  • To recognize that change is inevitable and to seek to influence its direction in ways which will benefit all members of the community.
  • To solicit and receive gifts from individuals and organizations, accumulate funds for capital programs of the corporation, expend the principal or income or both in carrying out the purposes of the corporation by the employment of personnel, the purchase of equipment, material, and supplies, the purchase or lease of real estate, or by any other means proper and desirable for accomplishment of such purposes.
  • To acquire by gift, purchase, lease exchange or otherwise such real and personal property as may be appropriate to carry out the purposes of the corporation or for investment and to hold, operate, use, develop, lease, sell, assign, or otherwise dispose of such real and personal property.
  • To apply and use any part or all of the current income and any reasonable accumulations of income therefrom and any part or parts or all of the principal assets of this corporation, either directly or through distribution thereof to or for the use of the organization itself to fulfill one or more of the aforesaid purposes, in such manner as to further and permit at all times the carrying out of the general and specific purposes and functions herein described and declared and none other.
  • To conduct such other activities and programs in the furtherance of the foregoing purposes as may be carried out by a corporation organized under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 180 and described in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.

Parsons Marsh Open

 The Parsons Marsh Trail Grand Opening Event, on Undermountain Road, Lenox, was Saturday, September 15th, 2018. Over 200 people attended! This fully accessible trail, including its boardwalks, is now open to the public. BNRC & LLT co-hosted guided public walks there prior to the construction of the trail and boardwalks and again in mid-October after they were finished. We expect there will be more. 

Parsons Marsh Details

Our History

Birth of the Land Trust

The Lenox Land Trust was established in 2004 with the following mission: Recognizing the pressures on land use and also recognizing the rights of individual property owners, the Lenox Land Trust believes that it is imperative to preserve and maintain the rural New England character of Lenox and the surrounding area for present and future generations.​

Several articles appeared that year outlining how the land trust came to be and the vision of its original founders (some of whom still serve on our board). Following many months of planning by its board members, the land trust's first public meeting was held on Sunday, February 29, 2004, at the Lenox Community Center. 

In one of the articles that was written around that time, writer Kate Abbott quoted Kevin Sprague, president of the new land trust, as follows, "Many of the familiar sweeps of Lenox are less protected than people realize. The land trust is up and running and trying to reach out to people to teach them how to preserve the land."  (Excerpted from: Land Trust Looks to Preserve Lenox Greenery, in iBerkshires, by Kate Abbott, February 18, 2004.)

​Eight years later, on March 1, 2012, an article was posted to the land trust's website announcing the preservation of a 30 acre parcel fronting on Hubbard Street. The article began, "Lenox, Massachusetts is home to many interests: music lovers at Tanglewood, a procession of stately homes from the Gilded Age, a hike along the Yokun Ridge, fishing the Housatonic. One thing that ties these all together: a passion for the beauty of the rolling hills, quiet woods and beautiful country vistas that are Lenox. The Lenox Land Trust is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the rural landscape of the town.  Please join us."

Current Activities

The board meets approximately 5 times/year, including a public annual meeting & community conversation in late fall. We periodically sponsor public walk-arounds on conserved or potentially to-be-conserved parcels. We also staff a booth at the fall Apple Squeeze and participate in other town events. Informational brochures are available at the Lenox Town Hall lobby and at the Lenox Chamber of Commerce. Our board members also serve on town committees and serve on or volunteer for other local environmental agencies including Mass Audubon and BNRC.

Annual Meeting 2018

 Many joined us Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm at the Lenox Community Center for unabashed appreciation of our natural environment, with dessert, for the Lenox Land Trust 2018 Annual Meeting & Community Conversation: TREES & TRAILS. Peter Tucker, forester, educated us on the benefits of forestry management plans, using town-owned 231 acre Post Farm as an example.​​ BNRC president Jenny Hansell shared BNRC's vision for The High Road - a hiking trails network connecting to Berkshire towns. LLT's recent efforts and near-future plans were summarized. LLT founding board member Gige Darey, who recently retired off the board, was recognized with Emeritus status, and Lenox DPW director Bill Gop was appointed to the board.