Rattlesnake Gutter Trust

A Land Trust in Leverett, Massachusetts

Rattlesnake Gutter Trust

Since 1988, the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust has worked to protect the natural and scenic area of Leverett. The Trust works to keep a balance between development and the protection of the forests, fields and waterways that we cherish. The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust has three main activities: to purchase and manage important conservation land, such as the East Leverett Meadow and the land abutting Rattlesnake Gutter; to assist Leverett landowners in protecting their property through conservation restrictions and helping to collect the required data and maps; and to sponsor and organize educational activities about the ecology and history of the landscape, including hikes, school events, lectures, and slideshows. The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust depends on financial support to accomplish these activities. Our funds come from membership dues, additional contributions from our members and others, and proceeds from RGT’s returnable cans and bottles shed at the Leverett transfer station. With ongoing support, the Trust can continue to protect the rural landscape that makes Leverett the special place we call home. Leverett will remain a great place to live as long as all of us work together to protect it.

Fern Walk 7/11 at 2:00 PM

The Pioneer Valley Fern Society and RGT will host a walk at the 4H Forest in Leverett Sunday, 7/11. Randy Stone will lead the walk. Randy will start by discussing key features to look for when identifying any fern. You can expect to identify a dozen or more common and uncommon ferns. Dress for possible mud, poison ivy, and ticks. Please wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated. Click here for a map and more details

Leverett Trails

During the uncertainty of 2020, many have found solace walking the peaceful trails that are maintained by our enthusiastic and hard-working Leverett Trails Committee. You are encouraged to get out and discover the trails that crisscross Leverett. Many maps are available on this website.

Leverett Trails Committee: photos (and video) from past Work Days; maps

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Bottle Return Milestone

In the first two months of resumed bottle returns since the pandemic, the Leverett community has donated $521 worth of cans and bottles. This amounts to 10,420 recyclables. Piled end on end they would reach a height of almost 4000 ft.

These contributions provide a steady stream of income to support the mission of the RGT, and we are grateful to our community for their generous support.


The RGT board sends sincere gratitude to it's members and others who have continued to provide financial support to RGT during these very challenging times. While the danger of Covid-19 forced us to hold our annual meeting virtually last year, we are grateful for your continued support and look forward to reconnecting with you as soon as we can safely gather again.

How to help

Challenging Times

The danger of Covid-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to people and organizations alike. While RGT has not been able to continue its regular schedule of enrichment activities, many in Leverett have found solace and rejuvenation on the network of trails criss-crossing and connecting RGT properties. Many members and friends of RGT have continued to provide financial support which enables RGT to continue the ongoing work of maintaining and preserving the special places of Leverett.

We are grateful for the support you can offer. We hope to see you, at a safe distance, soon on a trail or bench enjoying one of the many beautiful properties protected by Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.