WESTPORT — The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and Massachusetts largest conservation organization, announce that Nancy Durfee has joined the organization as southeast engagement manager. A New Bedford resident, Ms. Durfee is based at the Trustees’ Westport Field Office, where she oversees Trustees’ education and engagement staff located within the organization’s Southeast Region, which includes the South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands.
A native of Somerset, Massachusetts, Durfee has extensive experience in community outreach, education and planning for a variety of backgrounds including non-profit organizations and a regional public educational entity. Prior to joining The Trustees of Reservations, Durfee served as a Senior Comprehensive Planner for the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District based out of Taunton, Massachusetts covering twenty-seven communities in the south coast. While there, she created and implemented a regional land use prioritization plan that became a statewide model and nationally recognized in the field. Before that, she served as the natural interpreter for the Bristol Agricultural High School’s Natural History Museum, one of only three county agricultural based high schools in the state. During this time she expanded visitation through program development, media and outreach campaigns.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Nancy’s passion, intelligence and experience join The Trustees as the Southeast Engagement Manager,” says John Vasconcellos, Trustees of Reservations Southeast Regional Director. “Her proven accomplishments in planning, community outreach and education will be a huge asset to our organization as we look to advance our mission in the Southeast Region of Massachusetts and beyond.”
Stretching from the South Coast to Cape Cod and the Islands, the Southeast Region includes popular Trustees properties such as Copicut Woods in Fall River, Westport Town Farm in Westport and Long Point on Martha’s Vineyard, as well as some more hidden treasures such as East Over Reservation in Rochester and Lowell Holly in Mashpee. Within the past decade alone, The Trustees have protected more than 10,000 acres in this region, moving forward their vision of creating 351 healthy, active, and green communities throughout the Commonwealth.
Durfee has held multiple board and volunteer positions over the years. Currently, she serves on the Bristol County Agricultural High School Natural Resource Board. Other local board’s positions have included the Taunton Wild and Scenic Stewardship Committee and New Bedford Community Rowing Board of Directors.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography from Bridgewater University and her Associate of Science in Environmental Engineering from Bristol Community College (mentioned above.)