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Westport, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation organization, awarded Dartmouth resident Joan Bullard with their prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award at their 118th Annual Meeting held on September 26.
“Mrs. Bullard is the perfect example of a volunteer who is committed to conservation and understands than none of us can do it alone,” says Andrew Kendall, Trustees of Reservations President. “She works quietly and effectively to build partnerships between organizations and individuals who together can get a job done.”
Joan served as a Trustees of Reservations Corporate Trustee from 2001 to 2006 when she stepped down to devote all her considerable energy to the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT), her local conservation group (and Trustees partner), of which she is a long-time leader. Joan has been involved in numerous major land acquisition campaigns in Dartmouth and along the South Coast, including serving as Co-Chair of the Saving Buzzards Bay Lands Campaign. Last summer, Joan helped DNRT and The Trustees raise more than $600,000 to protect the 120-acre Cornell Farm in Dartmouth which recently opened as The Trustees’ 101st reservation. Joan’s campaigns have raised more than $36 million and preserved more than 3,700 acres. Her efforts have helped assure the protection of countless iconic landscapes – scenic views across fields and estuaries, working farms that support the local economy, woodland trails that provide quiet getaways, and natural lands that support a rich diversity of wildlife. The Trustees are pleased and honored to award Joan with their “Volunteer of the Year” award.
More About The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values—a love of the land, the outdoors, and the distinctive charms of New England—and believe in celebrating and protecting them for ourselves and for future generations. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for 102 special places called "reservations,” hence the name, The Trustees of Reservations.
Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees of Reservations are the nation's oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. With 102 reservations—all open to the public—spanning 73 communities and 26,000 acres, Trustees properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains and hilltops, to open meadows, parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, beautiful country inns, 70 miles of stunning coastline and beaches, and five National Historic Landmarks, Trustees properties offer something for everyone.
Some of The Trustees signature properties include: World’s End in Hingham, Crane Beach in Ipswich, The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Ward Reservation in North Andover, Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Long Hill in Beverly, Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, The Inn at Field Farm in Williamstown, Notchview in Windsor, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard, Coskata-Coatue (Great Point) on Nantucket, Tully Lake Campground in Royalston, and the gold, LEED-certified Green Doyle Center building in Leominster.
In addition to protecting and caring for its many properties, The Trustees also provide 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 events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 176 full-time, 22 regular part-time, and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.
The Trustees: Conservation Leaders and Partners
A leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees have both served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to preserve open land and the character of local communities statewide. In addition to managing and caring for its 102 properties, The Trustees hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres—a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts—permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres around the state.