Trustees of Reservations Announce New Conservation Ranger

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Sean Cowhig
Superintendent, Stockbridge Unit
413.298.3239 X 3020

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Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager
Ashley Falls, MA – The Trustees of Reservations are pleased to announce Rene Wendell has joined the organization as the new Conservation Ranger at Bartholomew’s Cobble. Rene has served as the Seasonal Ranger Naturalist at the Cobble for the previous six years. He is a native of Pittsfield who earned his B.A. in Environmental Science at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Rene Wendell is a native of Pittsfield who gives his father credit for his lifelong love of nature. Rene will continue to lead popular weekend programs at Bartholomew’s Cobble, including the popular spring wildflower walks, wild edible walks, bird walks and weekend canoe trips on the Housatonic River. In addition, Rene will take the lead role for managing invasive plant for the Trustees properties in the Southern Berkshires. He welcomes volunteers to join him in this effort, every Thursday morning from mid-April through mid-October.

“We are pleased to have Rene join us full-time here in the Berkshires,” says Steve McMahon, Berkshires Regional Director. “His skills in the care of this National Natural Landmark will continue to be extremely valuable as we look to multiply ourselves in the care and stewardship of the Cobble and other properties in the southern Berkshires.”

Bartholomew’s Cobble is an ecological treasure, best known for its unique rock formations, diversity of plant life and many resident bird species. Stop by the visitor center on Weatogue Road in Ashley Falls to meet Rene, explore four miles of trails, or join a guided walk or canoe trip. For more information, visit or call 413.229.8600.

About the Trustees’ Mission: Past & Present
Since its founding in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees’ mission has been to preserve, protect and care for properties of exceptional scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts. While The Trustees’ mission remains the same, the way the organization plans to accomplish it has changed as the world has changed.

As open land is being developed and fragmented at a rapid pace around the state, The Trustees are working to mobilize and inspire a critical mass of people and partners who care about quality of life in their communities and are willing to work to protect them. The Trustees are undertaking an ambitious education and outreach effort to help more people understand how everyone can be “a Trustee” of the planet and make a lasting impact.

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are more than 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, of the outdoors and of the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting them for everyone, forever.

With 99 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all of which are open to the public – The Trustees of Reservations’ properties are tremendously diverse and include: mountains and hilltops; forests and woodlands; river valleys and waterfalls; islands, 70 miles of coastline, barrier beaches; marshes, bogs, swamps; open fields and meadows; farms, historic homesteads and now recently, through a permanent affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network, community gardens and urban wilds throughout the city of Boston.

In the Berkshires region, The Trustees manage and care for 13 spectacular properties, which include Naumkeag, Bartholomew’s Cobble, the Mission House, Field Farm, Mountain Meadow Preserve, Ashintully Gardens, Tyringham Cobble, and the Ashley House. The Trustees are working to raise community awareness around the importance of preserving and protecting the scenic, historic and ecologically significant landscapes that make this part of the state so unique. Supported by dedicated staff, volunteers, members and donors, The Trustees work each day to interpret the stories that are a part of our local history, sustain local farms, protect and care for natural and scenic resources, and offer outdoor experiences that contribute to the quality of life in this region.

Statewide, The Trustees employ 180 full-time and 350–400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how you can interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call The Trustees of Reservations at 781.784.0567, visit at, or email