Becket Land Trust is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt
organization which owns and operates the Historic
Quarry and Forest.
It was founded by a group of citizens concerned about
protecting the Town of Becket's rural character, natural resources
and ecologically sensitive areas.
The Historic Quarry and Forest
was the result of an extraordinary community fund-raising
campaign to save a 300+ acre parcel of primarily wooded land
from industrial development. To prevent detrimental impact on
the site and the community, local citizens donated money to enable
the Becket Land Trust to purchase the property and open the
site to the public for recreational enjoyment.
We are involved with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife in setting up a New England Cottontail habitat management area on the forest site - Read all about it.
Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, all trails have been cleared and reblazed. We invite you to visit the quarry and hike the trails.
On Saturday 10/5/13 at 9:00 AM and again on Sunday 10/6/13 at 10:00 AM there will be led hikes to explore the Historic Quarry. You will learn about granite quarrying from the 1850's -1950's. See the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by strands of beautiful birch trees, flora and fauna, the standing wooden derrick, winches and other artifacts.
Learn how the Land Trust saved this property for passive recreation and developed miles of hiking trails, on which we will walk to our Vista Bench and view our demonstration forest. Hike will be about 2 hours. We hope you can join us.
These led hikes are part of the Housatonic Heritage Walks 2013. If you want to see other walks here is the link -
We welcome your membership, donations, and active
always needed for various jobs throughout the year.
of special events, educational programs, exhibits, guided tours
and volunteer work days.
Please join us.
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