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Stockbridge, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and conservation organization, held a Volunteer Appreciation Day for Berkshires Region Volunteers at the Naumkeag Estate earlier this month recognizing 58 volunteers for their collective contributions and 3,000 hours of service at Trustees properties.
Fifty eight volunteers and staff mingled in the Chinese Garden at Naumkeag to enjoy a bar-b-cue and the opportunity to exchange perspectives about their different volunteer experiences at nine Trustees of Reservations’ Berkshires sites over the past year. Two Mountain Meadow volunteers came down from Vermont, four Bartholomew's Cobble volunteers drove up from Connecticut, and dozens arrived from towns in between. Each volunteer received a specific thank you from Steve McMahon, Berkshires Regional Director, mentioning their contributions, along with a personalized certificate describing the ways that their efforts had made a difference. The replica of Mabel Choate's sofa hammock hung in the Temple entrance especially for this day and the famous autumn crocus were in full bloom.
“I enjoy helping out the Trustees horticulturalist in the gardens at Naumkeag and Ashintully,” says Mike Brenner of Craryville, NY. “I like the surprise of doing something different each week and I feel so appreciated.”
“Helping out the Trustees with their mission and particularly Bartholomew’s Cobble is a labor of love for me,” says Pamela Wyeth of Canaan CT who serves on the Bartholomew’s Cobble property committee, edits the e-newsletter, and coordinates the “What’s in Bloom” wildflower display.
Regional Director Steve McMahon says, “Berkshires volunteers help us on all fronts, from cataloguing artifacts at Naumkeag, staffing the visitor center at Bartholomew’s Cobble, leading guided walks at Field Farm, tackling invasives at McLennan Reservation, greeting visitors at Ashintully Gardens, opening and closing the Mountain Meadow Preserve, clearing felled trees from Monument Mountain trails, mowing fields at Tyringham Cobble, and so much more.” If we had done the work ourselves, last year it would have taken over 3,000 hours to complete these jobs. Thanks to our Volunteer Trustees, our staff can now focus on the ongoing care, maintenance and community programs that keep 13 special places in the Berkshires open to the community to use and enjoy.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Trustee, please contact Tammis Coffin at 413.298.3239 x3003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in learning more about The Trustees, please visit www.thetrustees.org.
About the Trustees of Reservations in the Berkshires
In the Berkshires, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) manage and care for 13 spectacular properties, including: Naumkeag, Bartholomew’s Cobble, the Mission House, Field Farm, Mountain Meadow Preserve, Ashintully Gardens, Tyringham Cobble, and the Ashley House. Locally, as well as statewide, 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, as well as to 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. For The Trustees Berkshires regional office, please call 413.298.3239.
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. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for 102 special places called "reservations," hence the name “Trustees of 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 nonprofit conservation organization. With 102 reservations—all open to the public—spanning 73 communities and nearly 26,000 acres, Trustees properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains and hilltops, to open meadows, parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, beautiful country inns, 70 miles of stunning coastline and beaches, and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees properties offer something for everyone.
One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 176 full-time, 22 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, donor or Volunteer Trustee in your community, please contact www.thetrustees.org.
Programs and Events
In addition to protecting and caring for its many properties, The Trustees 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.
The Trustees as Conservation Leaders and Partners
A leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees have 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 owning and caring for 102 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. Furthermore, The Trustees have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres around the state and also work with landowners in Massachusetts to encourage them to use their land for forestry, agriculture or outdoor recreation in exchange for property tax benefits.