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. Read about the progress and project.
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.
See our calendar for schedule of activities for 2017.
We need you!
On Saturday April 29, from 9AM to noon, there will be a volunteer work day at the Becket Land Trust's Historic Quarry property. We will be picking up trash, and removing fallen branches from the hiking trails.
Bring loppers, clippers, hand saws, rakes, leaf blowers, work gloves, and drinking water.
Three hours of volunteer work time will earn you a free parking pass for the summer 2017 season.
We hope to see you there.
The Land Trust Board has issued this statement and has posted this at the Trust's Historic Quarry and Forest parking area:
This property, open to the public for the over 15 years has seen a recent increase in unlawful behavior including littering, vandalism, drunkenness and animal cruelty. In response to this, the Trust’s Board of Directors has taken the following steps:
- We are collecting a parking fee of $10 per car per day.
- Parking along the roads abutting the Land Trust property is not permitted and cars parked on the roads will be ticketed and towed by the Becket Police Department.
- There is a private security officer on duty during the hours the property is open to the public.
- The officer will collect the parking fees and enforce the following rules:
- No diving
- No fires
- No cooler
- No alcohol
- Remove your trash
We welcome your membership, donations, and active
To make a donation on-line using a credit card or PayPal click on the button below:
(we are a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible)
Consider becoming a sustaining member and select
the "Make the recurring" option on the PayPal form.
If you would prefer to donate by check go to the donation page for more information.
Volunteers are always needed for various jobs throughout the year.
Members receive e-mail notification of special events, educational programs, exhibits, guided tours
and volunteer work days.
Please join us.
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