Young Land Professionals

MassLand's Young Land Professionals is a group of 150 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.

Committee Members:

Nick Rossi, Mass Audubon, President
Mariah Auman, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Vice President
Felicia Bakaj, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Maggie Brown, Greenbelt, Communications Coordinator
Rachel Calderara, Wildlands Trust, Event Coordinator
John Gioia, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Hanna Mogensen, Terracorps
Stephen O'Grady, Orleans Conservation Trust
​Jack Sidar, Buzzards Bay Coalition

If you are interested in joining, please email info


Cancelled: October 18, 2019 (Friday)

Hike and Social Hour
3:30 - 7 pm
North Adams, MA

Enjoy a hike to Sunset Rock during peak fall colors with guest speaker Elena Traister, Professor of Environmental Studies at MCLA. Meet at 3:30 pm at the Hoosac Range Trail trailhead, 2441 Mohawk Trail, North Adams. Top the evening off with a social hour starting at 6 pm at the Wigwam Western Summit Sky Bar, 2350 Mohawk Trail, North Adams.

Please RSVP to Mariah at or 413-499-0596.

August 2, 2019 (Friday)

Mid-Summer Networking Event
2:15 - 6:00 pm
Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor

Calling all Massachusetts Young Land Professionals! Join us for a mid-summer YLP networking event on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor on Friday, August 2nd from 2:15-6:00 PM. Explore the island with staff from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service to learn about the island's and park's history and current stewardship. Meet other YLPs from across the state, and join us for an optional brew at the Trillium Beer Garden back on the mainland. Click here to register, and for more details. 

May 22, 2019

Spring Networking Event
2:30 - 6:00 pm
Ipswich, MA

Please join us Wednesday, May 22 for the spring networking event of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition's Young Land Professionals group! We'll be meeting at the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA) and True North Ale Company.

First enjoy a presentation from IRWA staff centered around their history, current work, and examples of partnerships with land protection organizations and other partners around the watershed. Then take a quick tour of the property (weather dependent), and finally join us for a networking hour at True North Ale Company with complimentary pizza and beer for purchase.

Click here to register and for further details.
Please RSVP by Monday, 5/20 as a courtesy to IRWA.

March 22, 2019

Young Land Professionals Annual Gathering
5:30 p.m
Worcester, MA

Join us the night before the annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference for an evening of pizza, networking, and discussion in Worcester. Our annual event is a great way to make new friends and connections and enjoy some of what Worcester has to offer while you're in town for the conference. 

This year, our host is Sanctuary Director Deb Cary at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary. Hear from Deb about her journey as a conservation professional and learn about the sanctuary on a sunset tour. Afterwards, all are welcome to join us at the lounge at AC Hotel Worcester for drinks and networking.

To register, please click here.


5:30 pm - Pizza and networking at Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester

6:15 pm - Welcome by Deb Cary, Sanctuary Director

6:30 pm - Sunset walk and tour of the sanctuary

Afterwards - Networking and drinks at the lounge at AC Hotel Worcester, 125 Front Street, Worcester

February 21, 2019

Winter Young Land Professionals Gathering
2:00 pm-5:00pm
Bolton, MA

Please join us for the winter networking gathering of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition's Young Land Professional group! We'll be meeting at the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton.

Nashoba Valley Winery is a 52-acre orchard, winery, distillery, brewery, restaurant, and function center protected with an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR). This event will feature information about the MA APR Program, beginning with presentations by Delia Delongchamp, APR Stewardship Coordinator at the MA Department of Agricultural Resources, and Richard Pelletier, owner of the Nashoba Valley Winery, followed by a private walking tour of the property. We’ll close up the event with a social hour at the winery’s tasting area, where attendees can purchase wine, beer, or spirits tastings.

Hosted by the Sudbury Valley Trustees

November 7, 2018

Fall Young Land Professionals Gathering
New Bedford, MA

Meet and mingle with other MassLand Young Land Professionals on a private walking tour with the National Park Service, followed by a social hour at Moby Dick Brewing.  Home to the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford was once the biggest whaling port and richest city per capita in the world. Learn about the city’s entwined history of whaling, the underground railroad, and the life of Frederick Douglas on a walking tour of downtown with the National Park Service. Then join us for a social hour at Moby Dick Brewing, a new local brewery and restaurant offering their own craft beer, pub fare, and a full bar. For more information and to register, please click here.

Hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Wildlands Trust

July 26, 2018 - July 27, 2018

A group of MassLand's Young Land Professionals gathered at Greenbelt's headquarters, the Cox Reservation. Individuals from Mass Audubon, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Essex National Heritage Area, The Trust for Public Land, Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, and Greenbelt gathered for a guided tour of the property (under a spectacular double rainbow) and a cookout. Guests lingered around the fire pit making s’mores, sharing interests, and brainstorming new ways to work together in the future. Thank you to Greenbelt for a successful event.

May 17, 2018

MassLand's Young Land Professionals Event at the Housatonic Flats and Barrington Brewery in Western Massachusetts was a great success! Sixteen individuals were present, including the speakers, Christine Ward with the Great Barrington Land Conservancy and Mackenzie Greer with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. The speakers discussed conservation work at the town and regional scale, as well as how they became involved in the field, helpful tips for navigation, and further opportunities for follow up. Thanks to all attendees and especially Mariah Auman with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, who coordinated this great event. 

March 23, 2018

About 40 Young Land Professionals traveled out to the Club House at Cook's Pond in Worcester, where Greater Worcester Land Trust's Colin Novick spoke, offering inspiring advice to the next generation of conservation leaders. The group then gathered at the Residence Inn in Worcester for a networking hour. 

Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2019

May 13, 2019

April 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

December 8, 2017

October 16, 2017

April 10, 2017

February 3, 2017