As part of our organizational commitment to create and support recreational trail opportunities in the Pioneer Valley, Kestrel Land Trust has initiated the “Robert Frost Trail Revival,” a multifaceted project to ensure the longevity of the 47-mile trail enjoyed by hikers, trail runners, and many others.
Our current focus is much-needed upkeep of the 30-plus-year old trail, starting with the roughly 37 miles that are located on public lands. Our stewardship team initiated that task in 2019 by collaborating with Town of Amherst to obtain our first MassTrails grant to support Robert Frost Trail maintenance on Town of Amherst lands and public lands in Montague.
We are pleased to have been awarded $14,900 from the 2021 MassTrails Grant Program, which will enable us to continue trail work, this time within the Mt. Toby State Forest in Sunderland and the Ruth M. McIntyre Conservation Area in Leverett. This funding will help with important maintenance and improvements, as well as revitalized community engagement and involvement.