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Boston and Sharon, MA – January 30, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s first and oldest land trust established in Massachusetts in 1891 and one of the state’s largest land conservation non profits has named Robert Warren Managing Director for Conservation, the senior position for this area of the organization’s work. Most recently the Director of Protection and Policy for the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Warren will oversee the strategic direction and leadership of The Trustees acclaimed conservation protection program, including the acquisition of high profile, iconic land conservation projects in the Commonwealth.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Warren’s exceptional leadership and expertise join The Trustees as we move our critical land conservation mission forward,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations President and CEO. “His proven land protection and acquisition accomplishments, coupled with extensive experience with strategic government relations and policy issues management, will be a great asset as we strive to grow our public engagement-driven conservation work in the Commonwealth.”
“I am thrilled to be joining The Trustees of Reservations and look forward to furthering the organization’s exceptional conservation legacy,” says Warren.
Reporting to The Trustees’ Vice President for Program Leadership, Jocelyn Forbush and working hand in hand with The Trustees’ Senior Advisor for Conservation, Wes Ward, a 33-year veteran of the organization and a primary force in the land conservation movement, Mr. Warren will work to identify new land conservation opportunities and carry The Trustees rich legacy of conservation stewardship, leadership and land protection forward among constituents and statewide conservation policy makers. In addition, he will be responsible for overseeing a staff of statewide conservation specialists and work closely with the Land Conservation Committee of The Trustees’ Board of Directors to move the organizational priorities forward. Lastly, he will serve as President for the Massachusetts Land Conservation Trust, a transactional land trust affiliated with The Trustees of Reservations, overseeing the care and monitoring of 380 conservation restrictions held by the organization, and working to ensure The Trustees’ ongoing adherence to Land Trust Accreditation Commission standards.
Warren comes to The Trustees with over 20 years of experience and notable accomplishments in the land conservation field. As Director of Protection and Policy for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Nature Conservancy since 2000, he held senior leadership roles as Director for Land Protection and Land Protection Specialist. Before that, Warren spent a decade with Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game where he directed the agency’s Habitat Protection and conservation work and was responsible for a number of key land acquisitions, totaling nearly 45,000 acres.
Warren is a graduate of Oberlin College where he received a BA in Biology. He resides in Newton.
More about The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees): An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally, The Trustees were founded in 1891 by visionary landscape architect Charles Eliot, a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, to “hold in trust” (or preserve) “reservations” (or parks) for public use and enjoyment. The Trustees currently care for more than 26,000 acres spread across 112 properties of scenic, natural and cultural significance across the state which are visited by over one million people annually. Holdings range from working farms and historic homesteads with landscaped gardens, to barrier beaches, mountain vistas, woodland trails and urban community parks and gardens. The organization also protects and holds conservation restrictions on an additional 20,000+ acres and has worked with public and private partners statewide to assist in the protection of an additional 24,000+ acres. One of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits, The Trustees employs a year-round staff equivalent of 280 people with operating revenues over $20 million and an endowment that exceeds $125 million. To find out more, please visit: www.thetrustees.org.