About the Partnership
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, Batten Kill River, 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.
Who makes up the BTRCP? We are nonprofit and private conservation groups and public agencies who share the same vision. We think conserving the important places in this region is vital for tourism, the economy, forestry, farming, and public health. The woods, farms, plants and wildlife need cross-border protection to continue to live and to thrive. The undeveloped, intact forests and fields also help provide clean drinking water and limit damage from flooding and a changing climate.
The BTRCP is the only group focusing solely on this important region.