Sharon, MA – October 25, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest and one of Massachusetts’ largest statewide land conservation organization, recently recognized Steve Sloan, Greater Boston & Northeast Regional Director with 15 years of service with the organization. Sloan received his award at the organization’s annual meeting held at one of its signature properties, Naumkeag, a National Historic Landmark located in Stockbridge.
Sloan manages 43 of The Trustees’ statewide properties, totaling 8,900 acres and with annual visitation of more than 750,000 per year. Among the properties are Crane Beach in Ipswich, the Old Manse in Concord, Bird Park in Walpole, five community farms, and the organization’s dairy operation at Appleton Farms.
“Starting as a Conservation Specialist with The Trustees, Steve was assigned to the Southeast and soon picked up the pace of conservation in Dartmouth and Westport,” says Wes Ward, Trustees Vice President for Land Conservation. “Applying resolute confidence and good humor, he made great progress quickly. Steve has been directly responsible for some of The Trustees’ most ambitious and important conservation accomplishments at The Trustees, including the Slocum’s River Conservation Project in Dartmouth and East Over Farm in Marion and Rochester. After being promoted to Regional Director, Steve hired Anthony Cucchi, a farmland protection specialist, and together they built the successful partnership with the Westport Land Conservation Trust that has since helped to preserve over 2,000 acres in 10 years. Steve has also played a key role in the Governor Oliver Ames property acquisition in Easton, helping to protect a significant number of acres in the town’s Historic District and overseeing its planning and stewardship as a Trustees reservation.”
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees are the nation’s oldest, statewide land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation organizations. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 111 spectacular reservations, over 20 of which are located on Boston’s North Shore – including working farms, historic homesteads and gardens, community parks, barrier beaches and mountain vistas – located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, The Trustees work closely with community partners and permanent affiliates including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust to preserve and protect special places for current and future generations. The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. The organization offers hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, and events annually, designed to engage all ages in their mission. To find out more, please visit: www.thetrustees.org.