Mission: "To preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts."Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations has been saving the Massachusetts landscape for people to enjoy. Our conservation work has helped protect more than 54,000 acres across the state. We care for 23,687 acres on 95 reservations and inspire conservation awareness through a variety of educational programs. We are a nonprofit organization supported by our 43,000 members.
Programs: Property stewardship - ttor owns and manages a statewide system of special places called "reservations" - over 24,000 acres on more than 100 properties from the berkshire mountains in western massachusetts to the beaches of ipswich, and the islands of nantucket and martha's vineyard - all of which are open for public use and enjoyment. The care of these properties is handled by about 125 employees skilled in landscape management, horticulture, arboriculture and historic resources. Over one million people visit the reservations each year to walk, swim, farm, camp, paddle and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.
land conservation - since its founding in 1891, ttor has helped to protect approximately 66,000 acres of land across massachusetts using a suite of strategies including land acquisition, conservation restrictions and assistance to other land organizations and agencies. During the fiscal year ended march 31, 2014, ttor acquired 42 additional acres, protected an additional 286 acres through 8 conservation restrictions and helped to protect an additional 575 acres through 7 assist projects.
resource protection and planninghistoric resources - historic resource staff members are responsible for the stewardship and presentation of ttor's historic properties including house museums, archival and object collections, gardens and designed landscapes. The department also advises on projects of an archaeological nature where appropriate. Structural resources - the structural resource program works with regional and administrative staff to understand the needs of ttor's more than 250 buildings and structures. They develop strategies to replace deferred maintenance with predictable scheduled capital renewal. The department also provides building resources, develops policy and advises in the oversight of building projects.
This is a wonderful organization which preserves property for all to enjoy. Some properties are just land others have estates or other significant buildings to the culture and history of Massachusetts. I have been a member for many years. It is important to have the opportunity to be out in nature and experience the natural world. It is one of the few organizations which allows dogs on their properties. Now with more active farms, many people are enjoying fresh food.TTOR is incorporated in my estate planning because I want future generations to be able to share my experiences in nature.