About the Coalition

The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition is an association of land trusts 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 120 organizations as Members and Conservation Partners, land trusts as well as watershed associations, open space committees, and advocacy groups. We also count over 90 individuals and businesses as Friends.

Contact the Coalition

Marylynn Gentry, Executive Director
Email: MGentry at massland.org

Kathy McGrath, Coordinator
Email: KMcGrath 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

Purposes of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, skills, and information within the conservation movement.
  • Increase the effectiveness of land trusts and conservation organizations in Massachusetts in working with the legislature and governmental agencies on issues of direct interest to the conservation movement.
  • 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.
  • Increase access to training, education, technical assistance and other resources, including organizing and presenting the annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference.


Any Supporting, Sponsoring or Sustaining level member of the Coalition can elect to be a part of the Steering Committee, which meets regularly (two 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; and a late summer meeting of the Steering Committee is held in September. In addition, the Coalition holds a meeting at the national Land Trust Alliance annual Rally in the fall. The Coalition's Bylaws and the 2011 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 Massachusetts land trusts and conservation organizations with the legislature and government agencies on issues of direct interest to the land conservation movement. 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! 2016-2017 Membership Form

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.

Read the 2012 Annual Report here.

Board of Trustees for 2016

Whit Beals
   New England Forestry Foundation

Kathleen O'Donnell
  Attorney, Cohasset Land Foundation

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

Bob Wilber
   Mass Audubon

Cynthia Henshaw
   East Quabbin Land Trust

Henry Woolsey
   Petersham Open Space Committee

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


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

Read more about the 2015 Board:

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