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Published on Nov 29, 2012
The Amherst College Wildlife Sanctuary, which will celebrate its 80th anniversary in the spring of 2013, was created during the Great Depression to provide jobs for students, who worked three afternoons each week, and town residents, who were designated by Amherst's Emergency Welfare Committee, according to a May 20, 1933 story from the Springfield Union and Republican newspaper. Together, they cut more than 60 cords of wood and reforested the current preserve with more than 4000 native saplings. It has become a valuable space for the flourishing of plants and wildlife, personal reflection, exercise and research. More information about the sanctuary and network of trails can be found at https://www.amherst.edu/museums/sanct....