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Boston & Marblehead, MA – July 25, 2018 – The Trustees announced today that Gerry Island has become the statewide conservation nonprofit’s 117th reservation. Thanks to a generous donation of the island by its former owners Ted and Julie Moore, The Trustees will now take over ownership and carry on the Moores’ legacy of sharing this special community treasure with the public and protecting it in perpetuity for generations to come.
To help establish an important stewardship endowment fund for the island, The Trustees has also recently completed a $250,000 fundraising campaign thanks to enthusiastic support from community members and conservationists across the state. The fund will support the ongoing care and management of the island, as well as establish visitor amenities like a short trail, benches, and informational and directional signage.
“We are so grateful for this generous gift of land from Ted and Julie Moore, as well as all of the support we’ve received for the stewardship endowment,” says Trustees President & CEO Barbara Erickson. “We are so happy to carry on the Moores’ legacy of caring for this special place so it can remain open and maintained for all to enjoy for many years to come.”
“Gerry Island is a beloved place that has been an important part of the fabric of the Marblehead community and beyond for generations,” adds Alicia Leuba, Trustees Vice President, East Region. “We are thrilled to have our 117th property join our collection of 20 properties on Massachusetts’ North Shore, including Crowninshield Island located just a few hundred yards away in Little Harbor.”
The Trustees concluded fundraising efforts for the endowment in mid-June and closed on the land acquisition on July 25, 2018. To prepare Gerry Island for enhanced public use and enjoyment, The Trustees will soon begin stewardship projects such as cleanups and managing encroaching vegetation, followed by the creation of a new short trail for visitors to explore the island. Signage will be added to welcome visitors and provide information on the rich history of the island and its namesake, the Gerry family, and benches will be placed onsite to create opportunities for rest and relaxation. For those interested in volunteering, please contact Marc Mahan, Trustees Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Marblehead Conservancy, who generously supported the campaign, also plans to provide stewardship support for the island.
The Gerry family is best known for the achievements of Elbridge Gerry, an American statesman and diplomat who served as the Governor of the Commonwealth and the fifth Vice President of the United States under James Madison, and who was actively involved in the shaping of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Bill of Rights.
The Trustees now permanently protect and care for 117 natural, cultural, and agricultural properties spanning more than 27,000 acres across Massachusetts for public enjoyment. A leader in coastal conservation and resource protection, The Trustees currently protects and cares for 120 miles of coastline in Massachusetts (75 of which are accessible to the public), the most shoreline in the state after the Federal Government. These coastal treasures range from rocky islands such as Crowninshield Island in Marblehead and Great Misery Island off the coast of Manchester, to beloved barrier beaches and shorelines like Crane Beach in Ipswich, Cape Poge and Long Point in Martha’s Vineyard, and Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge on Nantucket.
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first and Massachusetts’ largest preservation and conservation nonprofit, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. Supported by members, friends and donors, The Trustees’ 117 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually.