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Leominster, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust, are pleased to announce that Leigh Rae has joined the organization as Director of the Doyle Center and Community Park. As Director, Rae is working to advance the mission of The Trustees of Reservations in the Gateway Cities of Fitchburg and Leominster and surrounding communities, helping to ensure that many more people, no matter where they live or work, have access to the open space, parks, greenways and programs that contribute to quality of life in their communities. In her new role, Rae will be leading staff and working with community members and partners to build an enhanced program focus for the Doyle Center (The Trustees’ state-of-the-art “green” conference center), the Putnam Conservation Institute, and Doyle Community Park, helping to make the property a welcoming, accessible, and vital community asset and regional resource.
Situated on 170 acres in central Massachusetts with access to public transportation and major highways, Doyle Community Park was first established in 1981 and then expanded over the years through the generosity of Louise I. Doyle (1912-2007), lifelong Leominster resident and philanthropist. The property offers a beautiful park setting near the border of Fitchburg and Leominster, with woodlands, open fields, meadows, walking trails, formal gardens, and scenic views amidst the former Doyle family estate. The Doyle Center is a 14,000-square foot, gold-rated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building that incorporates energy conserving design features, energy-efficient building systems and green building materials – saving 40% in energy use annually. The Putnam Conservation Institute (PCI) seeks to increase the capacity of the conservation community to protect, care for, and interpret the natural and cultural resources of Massachusetts by offering workshops, conferences, and connections for land conservationists, urban park advocates, historic preservationists, watershed associations, state agencies, municipal commissions, and others.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Leigh’s expertise, energy, and vision join The Trustees as the Director of Doyle Community Center and Park,” says Wes Ward, Vice President for Land and Community Conservation. “Her experience and her passion for land conservation and urban parks will be a true asset as we look to establish this reservation as an even more vibrant community and regional resource.”
Prior to joining The Trustees of Reservations, Leigh led the ambitious “Parks for People” program in Newark as State Director of The Trust for Public Land. Before that, Leigh was a Vice President at The Prudential, serving as a portfolio manager with responsibility for a variety of national real estate investments. Leigh holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Real Estate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College. She lives in Montague, Massachusetts, with her husband, a freelance photographer, and her teenage daughter.
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, 104 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.
In the Central Region of Massachusetts, The Trustees own and manage 17 beautiful, diverse reservations such as Tully Campground, Royalston Falls, Jacob’s Hill, The Doyle Conservation Center and Community Park, Rock House Reservation, Brooks Woodland Preserve, Elliot Laurel, and others.
All Trustees 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, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community. Of The Trustees’ 26,000 acres, 12,000 are priority habitat for 89 threatened species.
The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
An established leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth.
One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 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, please contact www.thetrustees.org.