HVA and the Hinsdale Conservation Commission brought together local community groups, businesses, municipalities, landowners and lands managers to develop a Stewardship Committee. The committee reviewed local management of the state designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).
The committee developed a Stewardship plan for the 14,000-acre Hinsdale Flats ACEC. This plan highlights the importance of this area and identifies environmental concerns that may need additional analysis and future action.
To increase public awareness of this important designation, the committee developed a brochure and distributed it throughout the local communities. The brochure, and the roadside educational kiosk that was installed last fall (2008), was funded by the Highlands Communities Initiative.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Stewardship Committee my contact either HVA at 413-394-9797 or the Hinsdale Conservation Commission at 413-655-2245.
Information on the kiosk:
Due to its unique natural features, this 14,493 acre area was locally nominated and then designated by the state as an ACEC in 1992.
Designation provides protection of this high elevation wetland which is the East Branch headwaters of the Housatonic River.
This important area provides:
--Critical habitats for diverse plants and animals
--Protection that enables the preservation of water quality
--Prime location for hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and viewing wildlife
--Capacity for water storage for the benefit of flood control and water conservation
The ACEC Program is administered by the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). This ACEC is overseen by the Hinsdale Flats Stewardship Committee. Contact the Hinsdale Conservation Commission for additional information.
This Kiosk is made possible by a grant from the Highland Communities Initiative, a program of The Trustees of Reservations.