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Holyoke, MA – Trustees of Reservations’ Regional Director Jocelyn Forbush announced the official appointment of Josh Knox as the new Superintendent for the Connecticut River Valley Management Unit, based in Holyoke. This is a new, recently created position at The Trustees focused on the care of three priority Trustees properties, including Dinosaur Footprints and Little Tom Mountain reservations in Holyoke and Peaked Mountain in Monson.
Mr. Knox will lead The Trustees efforts to manage the three, unique properties, focusing on visitor services such as trails and public programs as well as the care of each property’s significant resources, such as the rare plants at Little Tom and the fossilized tracks at Dinosaur Footprints. In addition to property stewardship, Mr. Knox will be expanding The Trustees’ volunteer program in the southern Pioneer Valley as The Trustees look to multiply their efforts in caring for their special places, and will also oversee the Holyoke Youth Corps, a summer work program that engages Holyoke teens in the care of the region?s conservation and recreation sites.
Mr. Knox is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, but no stranger to these parts, through visits to his extended family up and down the East Coast. In addition, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Mr. Knox has a diverse background in the private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently he was employed at Shelterbelt, a private contractor specializing in ecological restoration and the management of native California landscapes.
Mr. Knox is a certified arborist and permaculturalist with a MS in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
“We are thrilled to have Josh on board,” says Jocelyn Forbush, Pioneer Valley Regional Director. “His experience in land stewardship and community outreach will be a great asset to our local efforts and should result in even more exciting experiences at our properties. Please join us in welcoming him to the area.”
About the Trustees in the Pioneer Valley
Since 2001, The Trustees have been working to build a stronger conservation presence in the Pioneer Valley region with educational and grassroots community outreach programs and the pursuit of more significant land conservation opportunities. Currently, The Trustees own and manage 10 spectacular properties in the Valley including: Notchview, the Bryant Homestead, Dinosaur Footprints, Chapel Brook, Bear Swamp, Chesterfield Gorge, Petticoat Hill, Glendale Falls, Little Tom Mountain (to open 2012) and Peaked Mountain, with several prospective properties planned for the future. In addition, The Trustees locally operate the Highland Communities Initiative (HCI), a program created to protect the natural and cultural character of the 38 rural hilltowns located between the Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers. To find out more about HCI, please visit www.highlandcommunities.org. To reach The Trustees of Reservations Pioneer Valley regional office, please call 413.532.1631.
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 – as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting these special places for everyone, forever. The Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for nearly 100 places of cultural, natural, and historical significance, called “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 99 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all open to the public –Trustees properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains, open meadows and parks, to working farms, stately homes and gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline, and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees reservations offer something for everyone.
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, appreciate history, nature and culture, and take advantage of the iconic landscapes and landmarks our beautiful state has to offer. Most events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
The Trustees also 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 an additonal 16,000 acres around the state.
Statewide, The Trustees employ 165 full-time, 46 regular part-time, and 350–400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To apply for employment opportunities, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, and/or interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, please contact www.thetrustees.org.