Boston & Beverly, MA – March 31, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s first land trust established in 1891 and one of Massachusetts’ largest land conservation nonprofits, named Terry Cook Northeast Regional Director. Cook will oversee the strategic direction and management of The Trustees’ 20 properties in the region, including iconic destinations such as the 2,100-acre Crane Estate (including The Great House at Castle Hill, the Inn at Castle Hill and Crane Beach) and Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Long Hill in Beverly, Ward Reservation in Andover and Ravenswood Park in Gloucester.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Cook’s exceptional accomplishments and leadership expertise managing our many high visitation properties in this important region,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations President and CEO. “His impressive background in land conservation and natural resource management, combined with an expertise in ecological and environmental protection, will be a significant asset as we look to grow our public engagement-driven work in the Commonwealth.
“I am excited to be joining The Trustees at a time when engaging more citizens and visitors in our iconic scenic, natural and cultural resources is such a mission critical priority,” adds Cook. “The Trustees set the gold standard in balancing land conservation, ecological stewardship and preservation with public use and enjoyment, something that is not an easy task.”
Cook joins The Trustees after 20 years working for The Nature Conservancy in a variety of capacities, most recently as the State Director of Kentucky. Before that, he served as Director of Conservation Science for the Mid-Atlantic/Eastern Regions, Director of Stewardship for the state of Washington, among other roles in the organization. He has served on the Leadership Council of The Nature Conservancy nationally and currently serves as Vice Chair of the US Army Corps’ National Environmental Board.
Cook holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Ferrum College, an MS in Range Ecology from Texas A&M University, and a PhD candidacy in barrier island ecology from the University of Virginia. An outdoor enthusiast, preservationist and conservationist, Cook will reside on the North Shore with his wife and eight year old twins with whom he looks forward to enjoying The Trustees’ many area properties and programs.
More about The Trustees of Reservations
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