Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) celebrate 50 years with a free community party
Walk in the woods, take a hayride around the fields, dance to live music, fish in the pond, learn to draw a bow. Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) will celebrate its 50th year with a free community gathering on September 9, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Holiday Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Road in Dalton. Enjoy local food and microbrews from Bartlett’s Orchards, SoCo ice cream, Bright Ideas brewery, Wandering Star, and Shire Breu-Haus.
This is a time to celebrate accomplishments, says BNRC president Tad Ames. The council has recently completed a $5-million capital campaign to support the High Road, a long-term plan to create a network of some 200 miles of trails. The idea is to connect open lands and trails with downtowns. Ames estimates it will take roughly 50,000 acres’ worth of connections, and he hopes to announce what the first section will be this fall.
Beyond the High Road, the BNRC works on many projects to protect the land and to welcome people onto it. Looking ahead to its next 50 years, the council sees it as a time of transformation. After serving the BRNC for 27 years, Ames will be leaving at the end of the year, and the board will begin the search for his successor. He invites everyone to celebrate the BNRC and celebrate living in the Berkshires. bnrc.org