Executive Director – Job Description Cherished as an asset to the residents of Harvard, MA, and surrounding communities, the Harvard Conservation Trust, HCT, is a private, charitable, non-profit land trust whose mission is “to preserve the unique character and natural resources of Harvard”. Since its inception in 1973, HCT has helped to permanently protect more than 850 acres of land for conservation, through purchase, conservation restriction, and easement. With the full support of its Board of Directors, the Trust seeks an Executive Director to execute the strategic vision of HCT – to preserve natural resources through conservation and to create a fully connected network of protected lands.
Conservation work focuses on connectivity: between people and the land, between individuals and community, and, for ecological and recreational reasons, between and among different pieces of protected land. Many of us look for connecting trails to extend our hikes, rides or runs – and as new ways to get to know the landscape of the town. A case in point: it’s possible to walk – almost exclusively on trails – through the enormously varied landscapes of Holy Hill, Kaufman Land, the Town Forest, and Ohlin Land. Directions Park at the Holy Hill Lot on South Shaker Road, then head north into the
Looking for a new trail to hike in Harvard? The “Conservation Trust” trail (also dubbed “The Muller Trail”) is a great one! You’ll find the marked trailhead and parking for about 4 cars just past 74 Littleton County Road. This land, donated by Erhart and Ruth Muller almost 50 years ago, is full of surprises! And if you picked up on “50 years ago…”, here’s a fun fact: Erhart Muller was one of the founders of the Harvard Conservation Trust back 50 years and this is the first land that was donated and is now part of hundreds of acres
After six years of invaluable, behind the scenes service to the Trust, Julie Weigley has decided that the time has come to fully retire. It’s the details and routines that make all the difference in keeping a small non-profit moving forward, and Julie has effortlessly kept HCT’s mailings, postings, and records organized and flowing smoothly. Her even keel and know-how have steadied HCT through three Executive Director and Board President transitions. We will certainly miss Julie’s gracious and easy-going presence, and cannot thank her enough for a job well done. On behalf of all the Trustees, past and present– thank
In the spirit of community and togetherness, HCT will provide a free one-year membership and our Trail Guide to area residents who are new to HCT and the trails of Harvard. To sign up, simply email your name and mailing address to, firstname.lastname@example.org, under the subject line “New Member” by June 30, 2020 (email addresses are never shared). If you are a current or past member of HCT and would like another trail guide, contact us by phone (978-456-9292) or email (info@…). Our hope is this small gesture might help those who would like to visit conservation lands and trails
The heart of HCT’s mission is the ability of people to enjoy the beauty and natural resources of Harvard. HCT and the Town have opted to keep our trails open for use, under new provisional guidelines, as these outdoor resources are needed more than ever. We hope everyone in our community will take advantage of the range of different properties and recreational trails that have been preserved and cared for through volunteer efforts. Conservation areas are open from dawn to dusk and can be safely used and enjoyed under the posted rules (found at https://harvardconservationtrust.org//trails/ and https://www.harvard.ma.us/home/news/mud-season-and-harvard-trails) as well as
As we all take the necessary precautions to help our community stay safe and healthy, please keep in mind that Harvard’s conservation lands remain open from dawn to dusk. Getting outside to walk, run, or ride the trails keeps the body fit, while sitting quietly at the edge of a field or pond can calm the mind and relieve stress in these worrisome times. We ask that you respect the space of others you encounter on the trails and maintain appropriate distance. Please also refrain from visiting conservation lands in groups of 10 or more. Though we may be practicing