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Sharon, MA – October 4, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization, recently honored Andrew Kendall with a Life Trustee award at the organization’s annual meeting held on September 27th at the New England Aquarium. The honor was bestowed on Mr. Kendall for his many years of dedicated leadership and service to The Trustees as the organization’s President from 2000 to 2012.
During his 12 years of extraordinary leadership, The Trustees dramatically increased the number of reservations and total acres protected – from 85 reservations and 34,000 acres in 2000 to 108 reservations and 61,000 acres in 2012. In addition, Mr. Kendall established sustainability and engagement as core organizational priorities for The Trustees. He also embraced urban conservation, local food access, and farming as critical facets of The Trustees’ mission and diversified the organizations’ base of members, visitors, and supporters.
In 2006, Mr. Kendall led The Trustees through its historic $100 million Landscapes & Landmarks campaign, the most successful fundraising campaign ever completed by a conservation organization in Massachusetts. During his tenure he also led the way in growing The Trustees’ membership base from 25,000 households to 44,000 and greatly expanded The Trustees’ capacity through the creation of strategic affiliations and alliances with like-minded nonprofit organizations, including Boston Natural Areas Network and the Hilltown Land Trust, as well as other Massachusetts-based land trusts and public and private partners. Most recently, Mr. Kendall spearheaded an important collaboration between The Trustees and the Appalachian Mountain Club to lead and support the Bay Circuit Alliance. Along with Elliot Surkin, another Life Trustee nominated at The Trustees’ annual meeting, Mr. Kendall drove the restructuring of The Trustees’ governance platform, moving it from a Standing Committee to a dynamic Board of Directors that remains successfully in place today. His many contributions have left a lasting legacy on The Trustees and positioned the organization for continued growth and success in years to come.
Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest non-profit conservation organization. The organization’s mission is to hold in “trust” and “preserve, for public use and enjoyment,” “reservations,” or properties, of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” For over 120 years, The Trustees have worked to conserve the natural, cultural and scenic character that makes Massachusetts’ landscapes and communities unique. The Trustees own and manage 108 properties totaling more than 27,000 acres, serving more than one million visitors each year. Supported by over 100,000 member families, generous donors and over 1,500 volunteers annually, The Trustees work to foster healthy, active, and green communities, with an emphasis on encouraging sustainable, local agriculture and urban and suburban community gardens throughout Massachusetts. For more information visit www.thetrustees.org.