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Crane, the sole supplier of currency paper for the U.S. government, has donated a large property known as Jericho Woods to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

DALTON >> Crane has donated another large piece of undeveloped company-owned property to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

This time it's a 126-acre parcel known as Jericho Woods, that is located in both Dalton and Hinsdale. It contains the Old Mill Trail, a 2-mile path that runs along the east branch of the Housatonic River.

That trail was developed by the Housatonic Valley Association to provide increased recreational and educational opportunities to visitors.

Jericho Woods has been protected by both Crane and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife under a Wildlife Conservation Easement.

"We thank all the properties involved in this project: MassWildlife, the Housatonic Valley Association, Crane Currency, and everyone who supports BNRC's goal of keeping land open for everyone."

In November 2015, Crane donated another parcel of company-owned land, a 685-acre lot known as The Boulders, to the BNRC. That property, which Crane had owned since the 19th century, is one of the largest parcels the BNRC has ever received through donation. That area is located in parts of Dalton, Pittsfield and Lanesborough.

"Crane has a long, sustained legacy of leading in the area of environmental stewardship," said Crane Currency CEO Stephen P. DeFalco. "The donation of the Jericho Woods property to the BNRC will ensure that this wonderful resource will be maintained for the enjoyment of the community."


Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at 413 496-6224.