Wesley T. Ward, Vice President for Land and Community Conservation
The Trustees of Reservations
Leominster, MA – The Trustees of Reservations announced today that discussions are proceeding with the David Ames family of Easton about the possible permanent conservation of 48 acres of their property on Oliver Street in Easton.
Wesley Ward, Vice President of Land and Community Conservation for the statewide conservation and historic preservation group, stated that an application for support of the project has been submitted to the Easton Community Preservation Committee. "This is a great opportunity to protect a beautiful, historic property, formerly the estate of Oliver Ames, the 35th Governor of Massachusetts. We are grateful for the interest of the Ames family in exploring this possibility with us and the town of Easton."
"We see 35 Oliver Street as one of the most important components of Easton's historic industrial village,” added David Ames, Jr. “By preserving the property as an estate, opening it to the public, and joining with and supporting the various institutions who are the de facto stewards of this historic village, we are confident that the Trustees stewardship of this property will make a tremendous contribution to the Easton community."
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 members like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 105 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.
All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community. Well-known examples are Crane Beach and the Crane Estate in Ipswich, the Old Manse in Concord, World's End in Hingham, Bird Park in Walpole, and Moose Hill Farm in Sharon.
The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
Accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. In addition to its many reservations spanning 26,000 acres, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth.
One of the largest non-profits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more and/or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.