Have you ever driven from Troy, NY to Pittsfield, MA or from Rutland, VT to Litchfield, CT? If you have, you have probably noticed some gorgeous views. These woods, fields and streams are part of a large landscape that is important for wildlife habitat, farming, forestry, and our own quality of life. A dozen or so groups that work within this area have teamed up to create the Berkshire-Taconic Regional Conservation Partnership (BTRCP) to work together on conservation across boundaries.
You probably know about the Berkshires. How about the Taconics? They are part of the Appalachian mountain chain and form a “spine” along the borders of Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Connecticut. They are home to some of our favorite places such as Mount Greylock, the Batten Kill, Harlem Valley, the Appalachian Trail, and the Rensselaer Plateau.
The Taconics include multi-use trails as well as places to hunt, fish, and camp. Locally grown timber, other forest and farm products, and tourism add to the local economy. In addition, the geology of the area is unique and fascinating. Despite all these values, these mountains and valleys are at risk and need our help.
RPA is a founding and active member of the BTRCP.
To learn more, visit www.taconics.org or the BTRCP facebook page.