Sharon, MA – As an important first step in its new 10-year strategic plan to engage more communities in the care and conservation of open space, The Trustees of Reservations announced today plans to open three new reservations in its Southeastern region: Moose Hill Farm
in Sharon, Signal Hill
in Canton, and Cedariver
Reservation in Millis. All three properties, now held by The Trustees as conservation land, will be open to the public every day of the year, offering hundreds of acres, miles of walking trails, scenic views, and, in the case of Signal Hill and Cedariver, river access for canoeing and kayaking.
“With over one-third of the state’s population located in the Southeastern and Metro Boston Regions of Massachusetts, and open land shrinking at an alarming rate of more than 40 acres a day, our mission is to lead and inspire more people who care to help protect special places in their communities,” says Trustees Southeast Regional Director, Steve Sloan. “We hope many people will join us this fall at these three beautiful properties where they can see for themselves the value of protecting special places while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.”About The Trustees’ Mission & Strategic Plan
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 land is being developed and open space 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 will 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.
“By 2017, we hope to double our members and volunteers to help make this vision a reality,” says Andrew Kendall, President of The Trustees. “Imagine what a difference it would make if every town was able to protect a special park, farm, or plot of land from being developed or save a historic homestead or building. Through our work and outreach, we hope to open even more people’s eyes to what they can do, starting in their own communities.” 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 96 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, through our recent permanent affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network, community gardens and Urban Wilds throughout the city of Boston.
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 www.thetrustees.org
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