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Partnership Announced to Manage Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham

Property Enhancements and Future Outdoor Programs Planned for All Ages

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Steve Sloan, Regional Director
781.784.0567 x7010
ssloan@ttor.org

Rick Sullivan, DCR Commissioner
617.626.1250

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Wendy Fox, Press Secretary
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Dedham, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced today they have entered into a partnership to manage Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham, MA. The partnership will enable both organizations to focus their collective resources on improving the care, public access, and enjoyment of this cherished community resource.

DCR is steward to one of the largest state parks systems in the country, managing and caring for nearly 450,000 acres of forests, parks, greenways, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, watersheds, and historic sites and landscapes. The Trustees of Reservations is a 117-year old, private, non-profit land trust that owns and cares for nearly 100 properties – all of which are open to the public – spanning 25,000 acres across Massachusetts.

Because DCR has limited resources to protect its vast network of park systems, both organizations have recently begun working together on projects around the Boston area. Last year, The Trustees were given an endowment by the Barnes family to help DCR care for the Charles River Greenway between Watertown and Needham. This year, thanks to a generous gift from a long-time supporter, The Trustees have been able to offer DCR assistance in the endowment and care of Wilson Mountain.

Located conveniently just off Rt. 128 on Rt. 135 between the communities of Dedham and Needham, Wilson Mountain Reservation offers a network of wooded trails, an open meadow, a scenic pond, trickling streams, and a summit view of the Boston skyline. Enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts who use the property for walking, running, hiking, and outings with family, friends, and their dogs, Wilson Mountain is a frequently visited, well-traveled property of 213 permanently conserved acres.

“Like any community resource that is enjoyed by hundreds of people, Wilson Mountain is beginning to feel the strain of frequent usage,” says DCR Commissioner Rick Sullivan. “We are thrilled that The Trustees can offer their expertise and services to help enhance the visitor experience here at Wilson Mountain.”

The Trustees and DCR are discussing many enhancements to the property, including, in the short term, clearing trees and branches from the summit for improved views of the Boston Skyline. Discussions also include much-needed bridge repairs and improved trail markings. In the Spring of 2009, The Trustees and DCR plan to hold a Wilson Mountain Day where members of the community can come together to take a ranger led hike and learn more about the trails and history of the mountain, help design a new family-friendly Wilson Mountain Quest (outdoor scavenger hunt), participate in a volunteer project, enjoy refreshments and learn more about future plans and program offerings, as well as endowment contribution and volunteer opportunities.

“With 15 reservations and 2,700 member households located in the lower and mid-Charles River Valley area, we are looking forward to working with DCR and, for the first time, the Dedham area community, to care for this treasured property and develop meaningful programs that will enhance the overall outdoor experience,” says Steven Sloan, Trustees Southeast Regional Director.

More About The Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bicycle trails, watersheds, and dams, in addition to 278 bridges and miles of roadways.

Led by Commissioner Richard K. Sullivan Jr., the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, the agency?s facilities, and programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr. Contact DCR by e-mail at mass.parks@state.ma.us or by phone at 617.626.1250.

More About The Trustees of Reservations
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.

Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and prot?g? of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to “hold in trust,” and care for special places called “reservations,” The Trustees are the nation's oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. With nearly 100 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all open to the public – Trustees properties include mountains and hilltops, open meadows, parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, beautiful country inns, 70 miles of stunning coastline and beaches, and five National Historic landmarks.

In the greater Boston area, The Trustees own and manage over 37 properties, including: working farms such as Powisset Farm in Dover and Moose Hill Farm in Sharon; tranquil woodlands such as Rocky Woods and Rocky Narrows in Medfield and Noanet Woodlands in Dover; formal gardens and historic homesteads such as the Bradley Estate in Canton and the Old Manse in Concord; and beautiful landscapes such as World?s End in Hingham.

One of the largest nonprofits in the state of Massachusetts, 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. For more information on properties, programs and events, or to learn how to volunteer or become a member, please visit www.thetrustees.org or call the Southeast Regional Office at Moose Hill Farm in Sharon at 781.784.0567.