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The Nature Conservancy Relocates Berkshires Office to Great Barrington

The move from Sheffield is expected to be complete by late November.

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA | November 18, 2013

The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts today announced it is relocating its Berkshires office to Great Barrington. The relocation from Takton House in Sheffield is expected to be complete by late November.

The Conservancy has sold Tatkon House—where the Conservancy’s office has been located since 1996—together with a 27-acre portion of the Tatkon Preserve, which will remain protected by a conservation restriction.

Philanthrophist Carol Takton generously donated Takton Preserve and Tatkon House to The Nature Conservancy in 1995 to benefit both the Conservancy and the Sheffield Land Trust. The land being sold will continue to be protected by a conservation restriction held by the Sheffield Land Trust. The Sheffield Land Trust, long based at Takton House, is also relocating its offices.

The Conservancy’s new Berkshires office will be located at 777 Main St., just south of downtown Great Barrington, next to The Great Barrington Bagel Co. The phone number—413-229-0232—will remain the same. There will be no interruption to program operations.

“The Nature Conservancy is extremely grateful to Carol Takton and her family, and we’re very pleased the Sheffield Land Trust will continue to protect this land through the conservation restriction,” said Leslie Luchonok, the Conservancy’s Geoffrey C. Hughes Western Massachusetts Program Director. “We will truly miss the Takton House, surrounded by the woodlands and farm fields of the preserve just outside the door, but we know this relocation will be cost-effective and position us to better serve the entire Western Massachusetts region.”

“The new location in Great Barrington is perfectly suited to our work in the Southern Berkshires, with the properties and wildlife habitat we’ve been managing for more than 20 years in Egremont, Sheffield and Mount Washington,” Luchonok said. “At the same time, it provides greater proximity to our work elsewhere in Western Massachusetts, including our work in the Westfield and Connecticut River systems. We look forward to greeting old friends and new at our Great Barrington office.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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