Welcome to Egremont Land Trust

View from Appalachian Trail on Jug End ridge

Like many other environmental organizations, the Egremont Land Trust was formed in response to a development threat on the land surrounding the old Jug End Resort in 1985. Opponents of the development, through the organization Egremont Environmental Action, challenged the building of 605 housing units in the 1200-acre valley.

View of Jug End from Baldwin Hill

Eventually the developers went bankrupt, and the state of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, along with Egremont Environmental Action and other environmental organizations, established the Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management Area.

EEA changed its name in 1998 to the more descriptive Egremont Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We embraced our mission:Recognizing the pressures on land use and also recognizing the rights of individual property owners, we believe that is imperative to preserve and maintain the rural New England character of Egremont for present and future generations.

Change is inevitable, and it is ELT s aim to influence its direction to benefit all members of the community. Our collaborations with Berkshire Natural Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Sheffield Land Trust, MA Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and other local land trusts help us with our mission.

Although ELT's first interest is in preserving land, we take seriously our educational mission. We offer a series of walks and presentations featuring the ecology of Egremont. Our annual September meeting, open to all, includes a wildlife presenter and our business meeting. We send out an annual newsletter.

We support projects with the public school (kindergarten/first grade) in South Egremont, sponsoring special nature courses and helping with the children's garden.

The Egremont Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.