Young Land Professionals

Young Land Professionals is a sub-group of MLTC, and is comprised of more than150 land conservation professionals in the first 10 years of their conservation careers. YLP formed in 2017 to serve as a supportive community network by organizing social events and training opportunities for those trying to further their conservation careers across the state. A committee of ten members organizes these events and other initiatives to enable career growth and a stronger community of conservation professionals.

We hope you'll join YLP! You’ll be added to our email list where you’ll receive information about upcoming events and opportunities. Please email to do so.

Committee Members:

Stephen O'Grady, Orleans Conservation Trust, YLP President  ~  Mariah Auman, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, YLP Vice President  ~  Maggie Brown, Greenbelt, YLP Communications Coordinator  ~  Robin Austin, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy  ~  Felicia Bakaj, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation  ~  Olivia Barksdale, Mass Audubon  ~  Marissa Patterson, TerraCorps  ~  Jack Sidar, Buzzards Bay Coalition

Mentorship Opportunity for Mentees and Mentors

This initiative – inspired by last year's member survey where many expressed a desire for continued learning and professional development through mentorship – is designed to match individuals based on specific skill sets, interests, and availability. The YLP Committee of MLTC invites you to signup as either a mentor or mentee. For more information, and to sign up, please follow the links for Mentors and Mentees. Example introductory email form for Mentees.


September 15, 2021 (Wednesday)

River Restoration Hike at Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary
60 Beaver Dam Road, Plymouth, MA (exact location)

Please register here. Masks may be required based on local directive.

Join the Young Land Professionals for an afternoon with Mass Audubon staff for a hike in the recently restored Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary. Learn how this former cranberry bog underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration in the Northeast while exploring the cold water streams, ponds, forests and wetlands that now populate the sanctuary. Post-hike social hour will be at the nearby Rye Tavern at their outdoor bar and patio. Schedule: 3:00-4:00 pm: River Restoration Hike, 4:00-5:00 pm: Social hour at Rye Tavern

Past Events

October 28, 2020 (Wednesday)

Network while tree planting for floodplain restoration at Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Old Springfield Rd, Northampton, MA (exact location)
Note: we are meeting at the project location, not the Sanctuary Nature Center.

Please register so we can control group size. Masks must be worn for the duration of the event.

Join us for an afternoon of tree planting in Northampton, MA for floodplain restoration with a discussion following the work. We will be helping to restore 13 acres of floodplain forest in the meadows managed by Mass Audubon at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Floodplain forests are uncommon in Massachusetts and host rare plants, store stormwater during flood events, and provide important wildlife habitat. Come restore a landscape and learn about land management and restoration practices while networking with other land professionals. Weat your mask, and bring water, snack, work gloves and outdoor work clothes.

2:00-3:30 pm: Tree planting
3:30-4:00 pm: Learn about floodplain restoration from sanctuary staff

New date: October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) -- same time, same place

POSTPONED from October 13, 2020 (Tuesday)

Network while volunteering on a hops farm at Wildlands Trust's Eel River Fields
3:30 - 5:30 pm
93 Clifford Road
Plymouth, MA

Please register so we can control group size, and plan to wear your mask for the duration of the event.

Grab your mask and join us in Plymouth, MA to volunteer on a hop farm and sample some hoppy products. Brewer Paul Nixon, owner of Independent Fermentations Brewing (IndieFerm), grew over 400 hop plants this year on a portion of Wildlands Trust's Eel River Fields, an active farmland under APR protection. Learn about the farm, lend Paul a helping hand for his fall cleanup, and sample some IndieFerm beers.

3:30 - 4:00 pm: Introductions and farm tour
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Volunteering at the hop farm
5:00 - 5:30 pm: Beer tasting

March 27, 2020 (Friday)

Minutes and agenda
Committee meeting agenda

CANCELLED -- Annual Pre-Conference Gathering
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Worcester, MA

It's our third annual pre-conference gathering, hosted by your Young Land Professionals committee! Join us for a presentation by Dan Clark of DCR - Division of Water Supply Protection, followed by networking, discussion, and pizza at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. Afterwards, all are welcome to join us for beer and/or coffee at Redemption Rock Brewing. Our annual gathering 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.

Please register so we have an accurate headcount.

February 12, 2020 (Wednesday)

Young Land Professionals & MACC Young Professionals Social Hour
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Springdale Beer Company
102 Clinton Street, Framingham MA

The MassLand Young Land Professionals are joining forces with the Mass Association of Conservation Commission’s Young Professionals Committee for a social hour at Springdale Brewery in Framingham.

Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with their fellow young professionals in the nonprofit sector and municipal conservation departments. While we all work for similar goals, the nonprofit and local government staff rarely have a chance to interact socially, and it's time to start changing that!

Enjoy a brew, play some corn hole, order food from Jack's Abbey (they deliver!), and get to know your fellow young conservationists!

Please register so we can plan accordingly.

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