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Sharon, MA -- The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation organization with over 102 beautiful reservations open for the public to enjoy around the state—including Wilson Mountain in Dedham, which The Trustees co-manage with the Department of Conservation and Recreation—recently awarded Dedham residents Dan and Polly Pierce their prestigious “Life Trustee” Award. The Life Trustee award is one of the highest honors to be given by The Trustees of Reservations, recognizing those who have made extraordinary gifts of property, financial assets, or service to the organization. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce, members of The Trustees for 50 years, received their awards at The Trustees of Reservations 118th Annual Meeting, which was held on September 26 at the organization’s Powisset Farm property located in Dover, MA.
Dan and Polly Pierce have been active members of The Trustees of Reservations for 50 years, involved with many Trustees conservation leadership efforts and initiatives. Mr. Pierce has served as a Corporate Trustee since 1991 when he also became a member of the Advisory Council. He served as an Advisory Council member until he was elected to the Governing Board in 1996, serving for 9 years until his term ended in 2003. Through those years, Mr. Pierce also served on The Trustees Nominating Committee and as a member of the Annual Giving Committee, a position he continues to hold. Mrs. Pierce, an avid gardener, has been an active member of The Trustees in many capacities and has served in other related community leadership positions with the Center for Plant Conservation, the Garden Club of America, and the New England Wild Flower Society. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Pierce are providing leadership support for The Trustees outreach in urban communities, most notably by creating the Charles Eliot Endowment Fund. Providing places of “uncommon beauty and more than usual refreshing power” for the benefit of underserved urban populations was central to the vision of The Trustees of Reservations Founder, Charles Eliot, Mr. Pierce’s grandfather.
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.