Becket Land Trust

25 years of protecting, preserving and conserving

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

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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.

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.

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The Land Trust Board is exploring the possibility of initiating an Adopt-a-Trail program. This would allow volunteers to sign up for a portion of a trail and they would make periodic visits to that length of trail with loppers and clippers and do simple trail maintenance. They could report on the condition of the trail section and let us know if chainsaw work is needed or if there are other issues.We are starting with getting a sense from our FB group as to whether there is interest in the program. Would you be willing to help? Please respond to this post if you are. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you are looking for a good way to spend a crisp day in the woods tomorrow, please come help out on our trail workday at the Quarry. We will get started at 10 AM and go until about 2PM. Help as long as you can. Bring gloves, water and lunch. You can comment to this post if you have questions. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us this coming Sunday for a hike:

EXPLORING THE BECKET LAND TRUST’S HISTORIC QUARRY & FOREST
Enjoy a leisurely hike to explore the historic quarry with Becket Land Trust founders, Ken and Ann Smith. Learn about granite quarrying from 1850-1950’s. Witness the quarry, now filled with water, surrounded by stands of beautiful white birch trees and the standing wooden derrick and winches. Hear how the Trust saved this property for recreation and developed miles of hiking trails. Wear sturdy footwear & bring drink/snack. 2 hours–2 to 3 miles

From junction of Rts 20 & 102 in Lee, take Rt 20 east and drive about 14 miles, to the junction where Rt 8 turns left off Rt 20–here, you will turn right on Bonny Rigg Hill Rd. Drive about 2 miles and turn left on Quarry Rd. and drive for 1 mile, parking is on the right. GPS 42.251165, -73.020148 GOOGLE MAP
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Facebook friends of the Becket Land Trust: We are working on a grant and need some photos of our trails. Does anyone out there have photos of the New England Cottontail management area on our property? Also, and this is a long shot, we would like to get a photo of the broken bridges on Hemlock Trail. Please post any photos you may have. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less

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We will be starting our seasonal parking fee policy on Friday June 23, 2017 which will continue through the summer. We charge $10 per car per day. Becket Land Trust members who have donated $50 or more this year receive free parking passes. Volunteers who come to our workdays also receive parking passes. The parking fee helps offset our costs for trash removal and the recently installed Porta-Potty that is in our new shed in the parking area. Thank you for your cooperation. To get our workday schedule or if you have any questions, email us at: LandTrust@BecketLandTrust.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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On Sunday, June 18, at 10 AM, there will be a led hike at the Quarry, where you can learn how the Becket Land Trust acquired the property, the various projects we have undertaken, including the wildlife habitat restoration work, oak regeneration project, hiking trail building and maintenance, and derrick stabilization project. Hike will be about 2 hours. Don't forget to bring water. Hike will take place rain or shine. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Becket Land Trust is looking to hire a summer Visitor Greeter. This person's job will be to greet visitors to the Historic Quarry and Forest, collect parking fees, explain the history of the Quarry and describe the extensive hiking trails. We are hoping to fill this position immediately and want the person to work most weekends and some other days of the week, but the schedule is flexible. 20 to 40 hours weekly. Send inquiries to LandTrust@BecketLandTrust.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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It is a great day to get outside and commune with nature. The Becket Land Trust Historic Quarry and Forest is waiting for you. Open to the public and free for all. Enjoy your day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Go hiking and enjoy the great outside. The quarry and trails are waiting for you this weekend. Much better than hanging out at a shopping mall. Free to all. ... See MoreSee Less

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Events

NOTICE

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
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