About the Coalition

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition was founded to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, to increase the effectiveness of Massachusetts land trusts in working with the state legislature and environmental agencies, and to promote high professional standards.  After a long history as a voluntary association, the Coalition became a non-profit organization in 2010. The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

MLTC has played a crucial role in supporting key conservation legislation and has become an important networking and training resource for the state’s land trusts.  MLTC counts over 130 organizations as Members and Conservation Partners, including land trusts watershed associations, open space committees, and advocacy groups, as well as numerous individuals and businesses as Friends.

Contact the Coalition

Carolyn Sedgwick, Executive Director
Email: CSedgwick at massland.org

Kara Campbell, Outreach Coordinator
Email: KCampbell at massland.org

Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
18 Wolbach Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: 978-443-2233
Fax: 978-443-2333
Email: info at massland.org

Mission of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

MLTC works to advance land protection in Massachusetts by providing education, tools, networking, and advocacy support for land trusts and their partners.

Purposes of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

  • Provide a program of services to land conservation organizations to increase their effectiveness.
  • Increase access to training, education, technical assistance and other resources, including organizing and presenting the annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, skills, and information within the conservation movement, including hosting quarterly member/steering committee meetings.
  • Be effective advocates for land conservation issues in Massachusetts; work with the legislature and governmental agencies on conservation issues.
  • Promote high ethical and professional standards as outlined in the Land Trust Alliance Statement of Standards and Practices for Land Trusts. Members agree to support this Statement as a general guide for their work.


Any Supporting, Sponsoring or Sustaining level member of the Coalition can elect to be a part of the Steering Committee, which meets regularly (up to four times a year) to discuss the business of the Coalition and topics of mutual interest. The Annual Meeting is held in February or early March; the annual Land Conservation Conference is held in the spring. In addition, the Coalition holds a meeting at the national Land Trust Alliance annual Rally in the fall. The Coalition's Bylaws and the 2016 Strategic Plan are posted on this site or can be obtained by contacting MLTC at info at massland.org.

Legislation and Public Policy

A primary purpose of the Coalition is to increase the effectiveness of the Massachusetts land conservation community with the legislature and government agencies. The unified voice and efforts of the Coalition were crucial in securing passage of the Land Conservation Tax Credit  and the 2014 Environmental  Bond Bill. Written or oral testimony or position statements are offered by the Coalition on issues supported by our membership.

The Coalition does not endorse political candidates. As a general rule, the Coalition does not take positions on purely local matters. For some recent legislative priorities and positions, see MLTC Testimony Representing Our Members.


The Steering Committee has voted to assess annual dues of $50 as an introductory fee, $100 as a basic membership, $250 for supporting membership, $500 for sponsoring membership and $1,000 for sustaining membership. These funds are used to defray the costs of running the Coalition and providing services to members. For membership detail, see Types of Membership Become a member today!

Read the Coalition's Bylaws. Member organizations shall agree to support the Land Trust Alliance Statement of Standards and Practices as a general guide to high ethical and professional standards in the conservation field. Copies of the Statement can be obtained by contacting the MLTC Coordinator at info at massland.org.

MLTC's Young Land Professionals

MLTC's Young Land Professionals is a group of about 100 land trust and state agency conservation professionals in their first 10 years of their careers. An organizing committee of 10 members formed in 2017 to create networking and training opportunities for YLP's across the state. For more information, click here.

Board of Trustees for 2018

Whit Beals
   New England Forestry Foundation

Kathleen O'Donnell
  Attorney, Cohasset Land Foundation

Ed Becker
  Essex County Greenbelt
John Page (Treasurer)
  Arlington Land Trust
William "Buzz" Constable (President)
  Lincoln Land Conservation Trust
Mark Robinson
  The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
Jocelyn Forbush
   The Trustees
Loring Schwarz (Vice-President)
     newPrimavera Environmental Consulting
Karen Grey (Vice-President)
    Wildlands Trust
Bob Wilber
   Mass Audubon
Rita Gibes Grossman (Secretary)
    Boxborough Conservation Trust

Henry Woolsey
   Petersham Open Space Committee

Cynthia Henshaw
   East Quabbin Land Trust

Kathy Orlando (Steering Committee Chair)
  Sheffield Land Trust

Rich Hubbard
  Franklin Land Trust
Lisa Vernegaard (Steering Committee Vice-Chair)
  Sudbury Valley Trustees
Andrew Magee
  Acton Conservation Trust


 Officers and Board members are elected each year at the Annual Meeting.

Read more about the 2018 Board:

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