Becket Land Trust

25 years of protecting, preserving and conserving – Now helps us achieve the next chapter!

The Becket Land Trust purchased the Becket Quarry and Forest property in 2001. 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. Local citizens donated money to enable the Becket Land Trust to purchase the property and open the site to the public for recreational enjoyment.

THE CAMPAIGN: A NEED AND A SOLUTION In recent years the task of managing the Quarry has overwhelmed the all-volunteer Trust. Happily, there is a great solution. The Trustees of Reservations  has agreed to take ownership of the Quarry and will bring 130 years of experience in conservation and managing outdoor recreation properties. The Trustees of Reservations will work with the Becket Land Trust to keep the property open to the public, maintain and improve the recreational areas and manage the wildlife and forestry programs that are in place.

For Becket and the Quarry this is our best case scenario and will only increase the appeal for all to enjoy this significant natural and historic asset. To enable the transfer, The Trustees of Reservations has requested that the Trust endow the Quarry with a $200,000 Stewardship Fund.

Successfully bringing the Trustees of Reservations to the Historic Quarry and Forest will permanently ensure its future as a unique and beautiful feature of the Berkshires. With your help it can be done!

THE STORY

Protecting 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.

Please Note: We are collecting a parking fee of $10 per car per day.

Read the Notice about Parking and AccessRead the Notice about Parking and Access

Preserve our rural character

Connect to Community & Land

We welcome active participation

Get Involved!

We welcome your membershipdonations, and active participation.

DONATE: 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.

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are always needed for various jobs throughout the year.

MEMBERSHIP: Members receive e-mail notification of special events, educational programs, exhibits, guided tours and volunteer work days. Please join us.

Events

NOTICE

  • During the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we collect a parking fee of $10 per car per day. The Quarry is open from dawn to dusk.  However, during the time we are collecting parking fees, no cars are permitted in the lot after 7 PM.  The lot gate is closed at that time.
  • A parking lot attendant will collect the parking fee.
  • 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.
  • The attendant will collect the parking fees and enforce the following rules:
    • No diving
    • No fires
    • No cooler
    • No alcohol
    • Remove your trash
Consider becoming a sustaining member and select
the “Make the recurring” option on the PayPal form
.

If you would prefer to donate by check, please print and complete the donation sheet available as a Word Document or as a .pdf Document.