HCT Welcomes a New Executive Director

The Harvard Conservation Trust is excited to introduce our new executive director; Brian Colleran.

Brian has a long history of working to support the health of the land and its natural communities.  His previous experience spans public, private, and non-profit sectors and his technical expertise is in ecological restoration, with an emphasis on the climate resiliency implications of invasive species ecology and management along waterways.  Brian is also well-acquainted with conservation concerns surrounding the “sprawl frontier”, having worked as Ayer’s Conservation Agent, where he identified strategies to consolidate and utilize nearly five decades of wetland permitting data and created a geospatial database of all issues that had ever come before the Commission.

As Executive Director, Brian will help to further HCT’s role in preserving Harvard’s ecological health and increasing our landscape’s resilience to climate change vulnerability by focusing on linking parcels to create pathways aimed at increasing ecological connectivity and resiliency; and actively supporting existing and future agricultural land uses while increasing public engagement opportunities within our community.

Through his work as a wetland scientist and certified ecological restoration practitioner, Brian has raised awareness within communities of the connections between invasive species, climate resiliency, municipal planning, and ecological restoration, all relevant topics to the conservation and stewardship of Harvard’s unique landscape.  Brian lives with his wife and daughters in Newbury, MA.

We are thrilled to have Brian join HCT and help spearhead our ongoing mission to protect the unique character and natural resources of Harvard.