The Trustees of Reservations Welcome New Bedford Resident Nancy Durfee as Southeast Engagement Manager

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Westport, MAAugust 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and Massachusetts largest conservation organization, are pleased to announce that Nancy Durfee has joined the organization as Southeast Engagement Manager. A New Bedford resident, Nancy is based at The Trustees’ Westport Field Office, where she oversees Trustees education and engagement staff located within the organization’s Southeast Region, which includes the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands.

A native of Somerset, Massachusetts, Durfee has extensive experience in community outreach, education and planning for a variety backgrounds including non-profit organizations and a regional public educational entity. Prior to joining The Trustees of Reservations, Durfee served as a Senior Comprehensive Planner for the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District based out of Taunton, Massachusetts covering twenty-seven communities in the south coast. While there, she created and implemented a regional land use prioritization plan that became a statewide model and nationally recognized in the field. Before that, she served as the natural interpreter for the Bristol Agricultural High School’s Natural History Museum, one of only three county agricultural based high schools in the state. During this time she expanded visitation through program development, media and outreach campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Nancy’s passion, intelligence and experience join The Trustees as the Southeast Engagement Manager,” says John Vasconcellos, Trustees of Reservations Southeast Regional Director. “Her proven accomplishments in planning, community outreach and education will be a huge asset to our organization as we look to advance our mission in the Southeast Region of Massachusetts and beyond.”

Stretching from the South Coast to Cape Cod and the Islands, the Southeast region includes popular Trustees properties such as Copicut Woods in Fall River, Westport Town Farm in Westport and Long Point on Martha’s Vineyard, as well as some more hidden treasures such as East Over Reservation in Rochester and Lowell Holly in Mashpee. Within the past decade alone, The Trustees have protected more than 10,000 acres in this region, moving forward their vision of creating 351 healthy, active, and green communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Durfee has held multiple board and volunteer positions over the years. Currently, she serves on the Bristol County Agricultural High School Natural Resource Board. Other local board’s positions have included the Taunton Wild and Scenic Stewardship Committee and New Bedford Community Rowing Board of Directors.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography from Bridgewater University and her Associate of Science in Environmental Engineering from Bristol Community College (mentioned above.)

More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 108 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 27,000 acres in 76 communities throughout Massachusetts for current and future generations to enjoy.

The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or discounted for members.

Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 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 or to become a member or volunteer, please contact