The Trustees of Reservations on Wednesday announced it plans to reopen more than 70 properties across Massachusetts, including several in and around the Berkshires, on Thursday to provide residents with more opportunities to spend time in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization encourages a "stay local" practice and continued strict adherence to social distancing guidelines while visiting the sites, all of which are outdoors only.

The Trustees closed all its 118 properties on March 24 and has since been working with local and state officials to determine how to open some of the properties for the public's use while keeping staff and visitors safe, according to the release.

Read the details now at The Berkshire Eagle.com now.