The Trustees Win Society of National Association Publications (SNAP) Awards

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Melanie Ingalls, Vice President Education & Outreach
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Moose Hill Farm, Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and nonprofit conservation organization, came away with top honors from the Society of National Association Publications’ (SNAP) 28th Annual EXCEL Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2008.

SNAP’s EXCEL Awards honor the best and the brightest in association publishing. More than 1,200 magazines, newsletters, scholarly journals, electronic publications, and websites were entered in this year’s competition in categories such as editorial quality, design, and general excellence. Gold (first place), Silver (second place), and Bronze (third place) awards are presented in most categories. In addition, SNAP singles out a few exceptional entries from among all the categories to receive EXTRA! Awards for taking bold chances to innovate in an ever-changing publishing environment. Find more information about the awards.

The Trustees of Reservations received a Gold award for the 2007 Annual Report; another Gold for General Excellence of Editorial Products; a Silver Award for its member magazine, Special Places; and, an EXTRA! Award for the Annual Report, which the judges called “visually stunning,” and said ?really elevates the bar.”

The Annual Report team included Melanie Ingalls, Vice President for Education and Outreach; Laurie O’Reilly, Communications Director; Kate Wollensak, Creative Director; Nicole Polillio, Design & Production Manager; Martha Eddison, writer; and Tom Kates, photographer. To view these publications, visit

Attending the Gala to receive the awards on behalf of Melanie Ingalls, Vice President for Education & Outreach, were Communications Director Laurie O’Reilly and Creative Director Kate Wollensak.

The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
Celebrating its 100th property milestone this fall, 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. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for 100 special places 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 sixth largest nonprofit organization in the state of Massachusetts. With 99 reservations – all open to the public – spanning 25,000 acres in 70 communities, 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 addition to protecting and caring for its many properties, The Trustee 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.

Also a leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees has both served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to preserve open land and the character of local communities statewide. In addition to its properties, 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. In addition, The Trustees have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres around the state and provide education and outreach to landowners to encourage usage of their land for forestry, agriculture or outdoor recreation in exchange for property tax benefits.

The sixth largest nonprofit 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. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member and a “Trustee of the planet” in your community, please contact