About Westport Land Conservation Trust
The Westport Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable corporation dedicated to local land preservation
About the Westport Land Conservation Trust
The Westport Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable corporation with a 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.
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.
Ross became the WLCT executive director in 2017. He spent the first decade of his career managing culture landscapes for The Trustees and prior to that curating parks for the city of New Bedford. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut who enjoys spending time with his three young daughters and coaching youth soccer.
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 family.
Director of Special Projects
Jennifer joined WLCT as Interim Executive Director in January 2017. In August of that year she became WLCT’s Director of Special Projects. She manages the Land Trust’s fundraising initiatives, and advises on land conservation projects. No stranger to Westport, Jennifer was hired by The Trustees of Reservations in 2007, initially focusing on land protection in Westport. She spent eight years conserving land throughout Massachusetts while serving as a Regional Conservation Director for The Trustees. 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.
Land Stewardship and Outreach Manager
Nate McCullin grew up in a farming community in Southeastern Pennsylvania which is where his passion for the outdoors began. Summer jobs on local farms sparked an interest in working with plants which led him to study Horticulture and Plant Sciences at the University of Delaware. While attending the University of Delaware, Nate quickly realized the study of native plants and their important role in the health of our ecosystems was his passion.
After graduating Nate completed an internship at The Native Plant Trust’s Garden in the Woods located in Framingham, MA. This internship led to a full time position which permanently positioned Nate as an Ecological Horticulturalist in New England. He has since worked on many different facets of horticulture including ecological restoration projects, designing and building native plant gardens, and most recently overseeing one of the largest pollinator gardens in Rhode Island on a private estate in Jamestown. His passion for plants and people led him to the Westport Land Conservation Trust.
Land Stewardship and Outreach Assistant
Mather graduated with a BS in Business Administration, Management concentration from University of Missouri in 2019. Mather is an avid hiker, skier, and sailor. He is eager to combine his admiration for the natural world with his passion of helping people connect to the land. Through stewardship projects, trail maintenance, and community engagement he hopes to continue the mission of WLCT and preserve outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, and rural farmland that define Westport.
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.
WESTPORT LAND CONSERVATION TRUST BOARD OF DIRECTORS : 2022-2023
Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
Buzzards Bay Coalition
Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
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