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Enhancing land conservation and ecological resiliency in cooperation with public, private, and non-profit land holders.

Conservation Works, LLC was established in 2005 as a conservation consulting firm with extensive expertise in land management, land protection, biological services, land use and open space planning, resource protection zoning, trail system development, and mapping and photo-documentation.

In every area of expertise, Conservation Works brings a broad perspective that comes from years of experience. Clients often come to us with only a loosely defined vision of what they would like to accomplish. Working closely with the client, we are able to provide guidance, strategies, recommendations, and project management that allow the client to achieve a sensible result. In every project, we make an effort to work with clients to transform their visions into tangible accomplishments.

The partners of Conservation Works are Pete Westover, Molly Hale, Dick O’Brien, Eric Boudreau and Anne Capra. Each partner brings extensive experience in a broad range of conservation, environmental, trail building and planning projects. The partners have won numerous commendations and awards for their individual work over the past several decades. Collectively, Conservation Works has the expertise and experience to work on a wide variety of private and public projects in the Pioneer Valley and New England. Conservation Works welcomes collaboration with firms seeking the capacity of a natural resource firm with our expertise and qualifications.

We also recognize and fondly remember one of Conservation Works co-founders, Terry Blunt. Terry was a conservation leader in the Commonwealth, and Conservation Works continues his work on many fronts.

Our Clients

Amherst College
Land use plan for Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary, trail system mapping and development, bird inventory, staffing of Sanctuary Stewardship Committee, report on the conservation potential of the Dakin property.

Connecticut River Watershed Council
Review of conservation restrictions and employee training session.

Gill Conservation Commission
Technical expertise on land acquisition projects.

Hartsbrook School – Hadley, MA
Management of Agricultural Preservation Restriction project.

Insight Meditation Society – Barre, MA
Development, mapping, and maintenance of trail system.

The Kestrel Land Trust
Conservation restrictions baseline documentation report, property transactions.

Land for Good – Keene, NH
Assistance with APRs, agricultural land planning, and chairing task force for USDA-funded “Land Access Project” linking non-farming landowners with farmers.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Inspection reports for completed Agricultural Preservation Restrictions.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Conservation restriction baseline reports.

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Conservation restriction baseline documentation reports, upland bird census work, other Wildlife Management Area bird censusing.

Minnechaug Land Trust
Conservation restriction and property baseline documentation reports, management plan for Rice Nature Preserve.

New England Falconry
Evaluation of properties suitable for falconry operation.

New England Wild Flower Society
Assistance with plans for the development of visitors’ center and plant propagation building.

Nonotuck Land Fund
Assistance with land acquisition.

Pascommuck Conservation Trust
Bench cutting and the construction of  bridges, platforms and staircases on the Pomeroy Meadows Footpath. PCT Website

Rattlesnake Gutter Trust
Annual grassland nesting bird inventory.

Rutherford APR – Hadley, MA
Assistance to landowner.

Sabrina Realty Partnership
Evaluation of land for suitability for black walnut planting.

Sisters of Providence
Land management recommendations.

The Trustees of Reservations
Baseline documentation reports for properties on Martha’s Vineyard and Franklin and Berkshire Counties; bird survey of Seven Gates Farm property, Chilmark-West Tisbury.

The Trustees of Reservations – Doyle Center
Upgrading an existing trail loop so that it is handicapped accessible, including the construction of a bridge, a boardwalk and a viewing platform.

Town of Amherst Water Department
Annual wetland plant monitoring to evaluate water table changes from water supply draw-downs.

Town of Easthampton
Assistance to CPA (Community Preservation Act) Committee on project combining land conservation and affordable housing, adding land to Mount Tom Reservation in partnership with Valley Land Fund and Mass DCR.

Town of Hatfield
Assistance to Conservation Commission and CPA Committee.

Town of Southampton
Trail rehabilitation and construction.

Town of Wilbraham Planning Department
Stewardship plan for Rice Nature Preserve; baseline documentation reports for Rice and McDonald Nature Preserves.

University of Massachusetts Biology Department
Photography for Digital Field Guide to the Flora of the Mount Holyoke Range.

Valley Land Fund
Land protection consulting, management of property transactions, and assistance with Lake Warner Dam project.

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