Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation non profit, today announced President, Andrew Kendall, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation. The fellowship was awarded in recognition of Mr. Kendall’s extraordinary work in broadening support for conservation and for strengthening bonds between urban residents and neighborhood land through The Trustees’ affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN). The Barr Fellows Program honors the contributions of the most gifted and experienced leaders in the Boston area. Valerie Burns, President of BNAN and a Trustees Vice President, is a former Barr Fellow.
“We congratulate Andy on his selection and are pleased to provide him with this opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of his organization. His leadership is important to the future of Boston,” said Pat Brandes, Executive Director of the Barr Foundation. The three-year Barr Fellowships include a sabbatical, international travel, a series of retreats, peer learning, and executive coaching.
Andrew W. Kendall brings more than 20 years of management experience to his role as President of The Trustees of Reservations. In his seven years with The Trustees, Kendall has doubled membership in the organization, increased land protection by over 18,000 acres across 14 new reservations, and spearheaded the largest capital campaign in the organization’s history. Before joining The Trustees, Andy worked as an environmental consultant and held management positions with Massachusetts Audubon Society and Audubon Society of New Hampshire. He holds a BA in Economics and Astronomy from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Barr Fellows were selected based on their past contributions to the community, their potential to continue to contribute at a high level into the next decade, and their demonstrated capacity to learn from their peers locally and globally. Their organizations will receive financial support to promote organizational development and the mentoring of new leaders, as well as to ensure effective interim management during the executive’s sabbatical.
The Barr Foundation is a private foundation committed to enhancing the quality of life for all of Boston’s citizens. Its primary areas of emphasis are education and the environment. Barr also provides support to arts and cultural activities.
More About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for future generations. Trustees? volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for special places called “reservations,” hence the name, The Trustees of Reservations.
The Trustees of Reservations were founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Today, The Trustees are a leader in the conservation movement, having served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to help preserve the natural and cultural fabric of Massachusetts. The Trustees own and care for 100 reservations – more than 25,000 acres in 70+ communities – all of which are open to the public.
The Trustees’ reservations are wonderfully diverse, and include mountains and hilltops, formal parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, country inns, 70 miles of coastline, and five National Historic Landmarks. Signature properties include: World’s End in Hingham; Crane Beach, Castle Hill, The Inn at Castle Hill, and Appleton Farms in Ipswich; Ward Reservation in North Andover; Long Hill in Beverly; The Old Manse in Concord; 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; and the LEED-certified Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster.
The Trustees provide hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, and appreciate and care for the natural, scenic and cultural features of the Commonwealth. Many events are free-of-charge, or heavily discounted for members. To find things to do and new places to see, visit www.thetrustees.org.
The Trustees: Conservation Leaders and Partners
Of Massachusetts’ five million acres, one million have been developed, one million have been preserved, and three million are “up for grabs.” Of the land not yet developed, 1.5 million acres are worthy of protection for their scenic, ecological or cultural significance. Unfortunately, Massachusetts is consuming open land at a pace far beyond its growth in population, making protection efforts all the more urgent.
The Trustees of Reservations protect land in many different ways: sometimes a treasured family estate is given to the organization after the death of its owner (as was the case with Cormier Woods); in other cases, The Trustees have assisted communities fighting to preserve a treasured landmark, such as World’s End in Hingham, or Eastover Farm in Rochester and Marion. Increasingly, the organization is working to preserve land near urban areas, including Holyoke, Leominster/Fitchburg and Fall River, where residents often have little opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
In addition to 100 reservations, The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land, and have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres. The Trustees’ affiliate, Boston Natural Areas Network, owns 39 community gardens and advocates for urban wilds and greenways in the city of Boston.
One of Massachusetts’ largest nonprofits, The Trustees employ 165 full-time, 46 regular part-time, and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in resource protection, land management, historic preservation, ecology, public policy, and outdoor education. To apply for employment, request a speaker, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.