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Sharon, MA – October 3, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization, recently honored Elliot Surkin 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. Surkin for his more than 35 years of dedicated service to, membership in, and stewardship of The Trustees.
Mr. Surkin has been a member of The Trustees since 1977. He was elected as a Corporate Trustee in 1985 and in 1997 became chair the Standing Committee. During his six years as chair, Mr. Surkin led The Trustees through a period of critical transition, presiding over the presidential search committee that hired Andy Kendall, serving on The Trustees 2000 Strategic Planning Committee, and leading the re-organization of the nonprofit’s governance structure. He also chaired the organizations’ Nominating Committee, served on the Committee of the Board, and chaired the Chappaquiddick Committee for many years.
In addition to his work with The Trustees, Elliot has served as chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston (formerly the Wang Center for Performing Arts). He is also a former director of the Sheriff's Meadow Foundation and a lifetime honorary board member of the Boston Center for the Arts, Inc., where he previously served as chair of the board of directors. Mr. Surkin is currently Managing Partner at the Boston office of DLA Piper, a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers.
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 109 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.