Our Mission

Wildlands Trust works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world.

Our Vision

Wildlands Trust works to sustain the rural character and quality of life enjoyed by the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts by protecting high quality conservation and agricultural lands. We envision a future where open land is abundant, our water is clean, and forests, farms, wetlands, fields, ponds, and coastal areas are commonplace sightings on our landscape.

Our People

Board of Directors:

Chairman - Douglas E. Hart, Duxbury
Vice Chairman - Crystal Farrar Gould, N. Marshfield
Treasurer - Greg Lucini, Berkley
Secretary - Scott Ford, Braintree

Robert Bird, Plymouth
Allan Caggiano, Norwell
Samuel Chapin, Plymouth
Brian Harrington, Plymouth
Gary Langenbach, Kingston
Patricia Loring, Duxbury
Virginia M. Murray, Plymouth
Wayne R. Petersen, Hanson
Howard Randall, Plympton
Charlotte Russell, Plymouth - Emeritus
Mark Russo, Plympton
Deborah Sedares, Plymouth

Special Counsel:

Michael S. Nuesse, Hull


Karen Grey, Executive Director
Scott MacFaden, Director of Land Protection
Sue Chamberlain, Donor Relations
Erik Boyer, Property Manager
Rachel Calderara, Outreach and Education Manager
Roxey Lay, Membership Coordinator
Conor Michaud, Community Stewardship Program Coordinator
Malcolm MacGregor, Trail Guy

Our History

We are one of the largest and oldest regional land trusts in Massachusetts and, since our founding in 1973, we have helped to ensure the protection of nearly 10,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands. We currently have seven full-time and two part-time staff carrying out the day to day activities of Wildlands Trust. We also have interns, seasonal employees, and volunteers who assist us on a regular basis. Our Board of Directors is comprised of 14 committed individuals from the communities we serve and we enjoy the support of nearly 1,200 members from around the region.

Partnerships play a very big role in our work to protect land and we are proud to partner with dozens of agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations including the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Trust for Public Lands, Trustees of Reservations and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.

How We Work

Wildlands Trust works to permanently protect and steward important habitats and landscapes by:

  • Assisting landowners who wish to conserve their properties

  • Assisting farmers and other landowners who want to farm their lands

  • Managing a portfolio of diverse habitats and undeveloped land that contributes to the rural character and quality of life in Southeastern Massachusetts

  • Assisting communities that seek to protect open space

  • Fundraising and seeking grants for the purchase of properties with exceptional conservation values

  • Establishing partnerships with a range of private and public entities who share our goals

  • Providing innovative outreach programs to help promote and build sustainable communities