The Board of Directors of the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is pleased to announce Ross Moran as the organization’s next executive director. The selection was made after an extensive regional search.

Ross Moran

            “WLCT is thrilled to welcome Ross into this role,” says Trip Millikin, Board President. “We have found a leader with the vision to build upon WLCT’s past and lead the organization as we pursue our goal to protect the next 1,000 acres in Westport. Ross has the commitment to our mission and the capacity to guide us forward strategically.”

Mr. Moran is currently the General Manager of Southeast Gardens & Southcoast at The Trustees of Reservations (the Trustees), a Massachusetts land conservation organization. He oversees all aspects of operations, public engagement and stewardship of 19 properties owned by the Trustees, including Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford.  Prior to this position, he served as Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation and Beaches for the City of New Bedford.

“I am honored to join WLCT’s team as Executive Director in service of the mission to protect the unique character of this historic community,” says Moran. “The Land Trust’s 45-year track record of conserving Westport’s special places and significant forest, scenic and agricultural resources is tremendous. I look forward to working with the community to build on these accomplishments far in to the future.”

The Land Trust currently has four major land protection projects to protect over 230 acres across Westport, as well as a full schedule of public programs this summer. Mr. Moran joins the Land Trust at an exciting time and will hit the ground running on July 31st. He lives in New Bedford with his wife and three children.