Ben Michaels and Albert Andino, two teenagers from Ipswich and Lynn, spent this past summer working on a number of The Trustees’ magnificent scenic properties north of Boston, including the Crane Wildlife Refuge in Ipswich, Appleton Farms in Ipswich/Hamilton, and Long Hill in Beverly, where they learned important green stewardship, environmental, and conservation skills.
This was the best summer job I’ve ever had,” said Albert Andino. “I learned new skills and I discovered places where I had never been before.”
Working in Ipswich at Appleton Farms, under the guidance of Statewide Property Coordinator Chris Champion and local architect Jeff Allsopp, both summer team members helped prepare for the adaptive re-use of the Old House at Appleton Farms, which is slated to become the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment. Fitting in with the overall strategic priorities of The Trustees to eliminate deferred maintenance and its reduce overall carbon footprint, this LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registered project aims to be a net-zero energy producer, producing or offsetting total energy usage, while also responding to its historic and culturally significant role on the farm.
At Crane Wildlife Refuge, working with Trustees carpenter Gerry Bouvier, Andino built rustic changing booths to support the Crane SummerQuest day camp and replaced hundreds of feet of boardwalk at Crane beach. At Long Hill, Andino’s projects included the restoration of garden balustrades carved from cypress and the installation of awnings to keep the historic farmhouse cool without the use of energy intensive air conditioning.
The Trustees hope to offer more green jobs for North Shore area youth next summer. For more information on how to donate a grant or sponsor a young summer staff member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.
More about The Trustees of Reservations in the Northeast
On the North Shore, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) own and care for some 20 reservations in Essex County including: Agassiz Rock, Appleton Farms and Appleton Farms Grass Rides, the Crane Estate (Castle Hill, Crane Beach, The Inn at Castle Hill and the Crane Wildlife Refuge), Coolidge Reservation, Crowninshield Island, Greenwood Farm, Halibut Point, Long Hill, Misery Islands, Mount Anne Park, Old Town Hill, Pine and Hemlock Knoll, Ravenswood Park, Stavros Reservation, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Ward Reservation, and Weir Hill. Encompassing 5,794 acres, these properties contain some of the most spectacular natural, historic, and cultural resources in Massachusetts. They offer woodlands and hilltops, coastlines, great estates, historic houses and gardens as well as programs such as outdoor concerts, farm days, summer camps, and plant sales throughout the region. To find out more about The Trustees in the Northeast, please call 978.356.4351.
The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for 100 spectacular “reservations” located on 25,000 acres in 71 communities throughout Massachusetts. All reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, and mountain vistas. The Trustees also offer meeting space at their Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, and manage a popular campground for summer getaways.
The Trustees also offer hundreds of programs and activities throughout the year for all ages, most of which are free-of-charge or discounted for members. In addition, The Trustees are a leader in the conservation movement and have served as a model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. With communities and conservation partners, The Trustees work to address important conservation issues and efforts across the Commonwealth. The Trustees hold conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres of privately owned land and, with our partners, have assisted in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres.
As land is being developed and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace across the Commonwealth, time is running out to save the best of Massachusetts’ landscapes and landmarks. To find out how you can protect or preserve a special place in your community, become a partner, request a speaker, and/or become a Trustee through your volunteer, donor or membership contributions, please call 781.784.0567, visit www.thetrustees.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all Trustees.