The Paul C. Jones Working Forest, named in honor of the recently deceased 8th generation family leader, is the largest contiguous, privately-owned block of permanently conserved forest land in the Commonwealth. It was acquired by the Cowls family in small parcels starting in 1886 and has been sustainably forested throughout the generations since.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism recently named Brushy Mountain and its adjoining Rattlesnake Gutter one of the state’s “Best 1000 Places.” Brushy Mountain was also highly desirable for conservation because it’s a key parcel in a very large interior forest block ranking in the top 10% in Massachusetts.
The mountain and surrounding vicinity provide a large, relatively undeveloped, and un-fragmented forest habitat that contains many native plant and animal species including, moose, whitetail deer, wild turkey, bobcat, black bear, porcupine, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, songbirds, and a variety of amphibians. The conservation of this forest and its associated wetlands and streams protects this significant habitat.
In addition, the Conservation Restriction:
Video of Dedication Event, May 29, 2012
State dedicates forest, The Republican, June 1, 2012
Gov Patrick lauds land deal, Amherst Bulletin, June 1, 2012
A Governor's Visit, Hampshire Gazette, May 30, 2012
W.D.Cowls named 2012 Massachusetts Forest Steward Award Winner, The Woodland Steward 2012
Land deal preserves Brushy Mountain, Greenfield Recorder, December 24, 2011
Deal keeps large parcel of forest protected, The Boston Globe, December 24, 2011
8.8M deal preserves major forest tract, Hampshire Gazette, December 24, 2011
Deal conserves acres of forest, Springfield Republican, December 24, 2011
A forest's long view, Hampshire Gazette Editorial, December 26, 2011
Colossal deal preserves land in Leverett and Shutesbury, Amherst Bulletin, December 30, 2011
Into Brushy Mountain's Wilds, Hampshire Gazette, January 3, 2012
Up on Brushy Mountain, Montague Reporter, January 5, 2012