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Who We Are

Established in 2000 by Jim Dehner and Tim Driskell we are a registered 501C3 organization ACT is managed by an "All-Volunteer Board" working not exclusively but mostly in the town of Ashburnham, MA. Our current board members are: Gary Howland, President, Matthew Christensen, Treasurer, Sherisa Sterling, Clerk, Cec Snow, Stewardship Manager, Karen Sargent, Brian Mulroy, Lorraine DeSouza, Nora Brown, Mark Washburn, John Mulhall

What We Do

Our primary focus is to identify critical natural landscapes and water resources, primarily in Ashburnham however our work has reached into Winchendon and Ashby, to facilitate their protection. We use a variety of financing tools such as working with the municipality, grant writing, fundraisers, memberships, sponsorships, and selling books and other promotional items. We maintain strong partnerships with the State and other land trusts and conservation groups to secure conservation restrictions, purchase land, advise landowners of tax credit programs, provide access for passive recreation and educate the public on critical environmental issues. Our sub-committee Keep Ashburnham Beautiful connects us to Keep Massachusetts Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Since our incorporation in 2000 we have facilitated the protection of over 5,500 acres of contiguous open space, a number which increases with every passing year.

Grant from the Community Foundation....

brings us 10K closer to paying off the loan on Howard's Hill.


Our recent application for an Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare Grant was successful. This endowed fund focuses on preserving, enhancing, and providing access to the natural beauty of North Central Massachusetts as well as enhancing the welfare of domestic animals. The $10,000 grant program is administered by the Community Foundation of North Central Mass.

We have cleared all of the trash and junk vehicles from the site and will now turn our attention to fulfilling our stewardship goals.

See more details about Howards Hill.. Watch for our newsletters. Not on our list? Just email us to request being added. Want to volunteer? Click Here.

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 Next Up: Moose Jam 24 • Sept. 14th Rain Date 9-15
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Moose Jam Fest '24 at the Mountain

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Antje Duvekot





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Tony Soul Project

September, 14th (15th Rain Date)
Tickets will be available soon.

The Mountain Stage • Gibson Rd Ashburnham





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33 Main Street

PO Box 354

Ashburnham, MA 01430

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