About Westport Land Conservation Trust

The Westport Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable corporation dedicated to local land preservation

As one of the last surviving coastal farming communities in Massachusetts, Westport has a unique variety of landscapes, from the East and West Branches of the Westport River to neighboring farmlands, quiet woodlands, pristine beaches, and fertile marshes. All who know Westport appreciate these landscapes and their irreplaceable contribution to the Town’s agricultural heritage, natural beauty, and traditional way of life.

Conservation Restriction donated by Peter and Beverly Temple co-held by WLCT and TTOR.

In 1972, recognizing the vital importance of Westport’s natural resources, and the need for community involvement in preserving them, a group of local residents formed the Westport Land Conservation Trust. Since then, the Land Trust has joined the efforts of various Town and State agencies to help many Westport property owners protect their land in keeping with its simple mission:

 

To acquire and preserve natural resources, farmland and wildlife areas for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations; to preserve and protect historic sites; to educate the public about the wise use of natural resources; and to work with other organizations having similar purpose.

 

About the Westport Land Conservation Trust

No single field or view captures the character of Westport. Rather, our town is special because of the collective beauty of its many farms and their interplay with the river and its tributaries. Many of us have worked over the years to sustain these centuries-oldfarms and to protect Westport’s undeveloped coastline.

Now more than ever the character of the community we cherish is in jeopardy. To address this threat, a coalition of committed volunteers came together to form the Westport Land Conservation Trust, a collective effort aimed at protecting the precious resources of our town.

Agricultural Preservation Restriction on Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery – Bob and Carol Russell 

Ross Moran

Ross Moran

Executive Director

Ross@WestportLandTrust.org

Brendan Buckless

Brendan Buckless

Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator

Brendan@WestportLandTrust.org

Brendan is our land stewardship and community outreach coordinator. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and completed a year of service as an Environmental Educator for the Buzzards Bay Coalition in 2015. Prior to joining WLCT, Brendan worked as a white-water rafting guide in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming and as a sea kayaking instructor for Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures, located at the head of Westport.

Steve Sloan

Steve Sloan

Land Protection Consultant

Steve@WestportLandTrust.org

 

Jennifer Dubois

Jennifer Dubois

Director of Special Projects

Jennifer@WestportLandTrust.org

Jennifer joined the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) as Interim Executive Director in January 2017. In August, she became WLCT’s Director of Special Projects, working part-time to manage the Land Trust’s fundraising initiatives and a few land projects. No stranger to Westport, Jennifer was hired by The Trustees of Reservations in 2007, initially focusing on land protection in Westport. Following that year, her role at The Trustees expanded and she spent eight years conserving land throughout Massachusetts while serving as a Regional Conservation Director. During that time Jennifer continued to champion land conservation in Westport and, working with WLCT, managed the protection of the Oscar Palmer Farm and the Town Farm lease. Jennifer has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Vermont.

Jean LaBonte

Jean LaBonte

Development Assistant

Jean@WestportLandTrust.org

Jean joined us our Development Assistant after several years as a middle and high school Spanish teacher. A lifelong environmentalist, Jean was instantly drawn to the Land Trust’s mission, and finds the community’s enthusiasm for and devotion to land conservation invigorating. Jean has degrees in Spanish and Business Administration from UMass Dartmouth, and Bristol Community College, respectively. A self-directed lifelong learner, she spends her days organic gardening, practicing Ashtanga yoga, reading non-fiction, and taking her kids outdoors.

Pam Turick

Pam Turick

Administrator

Pam@WestportLandTrust.org

Pam is a lifelong Westporter and loves this town. She has extensive management experience and brings that organization and teamwork to the WLCT office. She manages the office including the accounting, fundraising, events and much more. She lives in Westport, on the beautiful west branch, with her husband. They have twins who are in college.

Elizabeth Hubert

Elizabeth Hubert

Office Assistant

Elizabeth@WestportLandTrust.org

Elizabeth has been our part time Office Assistant since January of 2012. She graduated in May 2014 from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology and brings a lifetime of love for the environment to WLCT. Liz helps send out mailings, organize property files and assists in projects and events that arise throughout the year. Her future career goal is to work in water conservation related to wetlands.

Greg Stone

Greg Stone

Volunteer Photographer

Greg Stone has loved photography since the day as a 13-year old, when he stepped out of his door with his older brother’s Brownie Hawkeye camera and took pictures as Hurricane Carol raged, pushing the Barrington River onto his front yard. He sold sets of prints of those pictures to neighbors and bought a real camera. By profession he’s a writer, by love he’s a photographer.

 

 

Westport Land Conservation Trust Board of Directors : 2017-2018

PRESIDENT
Dudley L. Millikin, III

Co-VICE CHAIR
Tom Boreiko

Co-VICE CHAIR
Tina Schmid

CLERK
Kate Neave

TREASURER
Henry Swan

ADVISOR DIRECTORS
Benjamin V. White, III

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE
Robert Faulkner
Patti Cerilli
Steve McGuiness
Lucy Mooney
Ingrid Davidge
Kate Schmitt

 

The Trustees
www.ttor.org

Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
www.MassLand.org

Buzzards Bay Coalition
www.savebuzzardsbay.org

Land Trust Alliance
www.lta.org

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
www.mass.gov

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
www.mass.gov/agr/

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
www.mass.gov/dcr/

want to volunteer?

We always need more volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering with the Westport Land Trust, then give us a call at (508) 636-9228 or simply email info@westportlandtrust.org and put “Volunteer” in the subject line.