Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Honors Loyal Volunteers at Annual Meeting

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow – photo courtesy Peter Paton

The nonprofit Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust hosted its 47th annual meeting May 16 at Friends Academy in Dartmouth.

After a “glowing” financial report by exiting Treasurer Steven Shuster, a news release states, DNRT President James Forbush presented the Joe Frothingham Award to Vice President Lorraine Granda. The award is given annually to a member who exemplifies Frothingham’s dedication to conservation, love of the outdoors, and “pure joy in it all.” Granda’s dedication to DNRT has not wavered since joining the board in 2012, the trust said. Her many volunteer efforts include, but are not limited to, helping DNRT become an accredited land trust, reserve and CR inspections, monitoring frogs through the FrogWatch program, leading the organization’s first BioBlitz, annual Dartmouth Parks & Recreation field trips, third-grade visits to Allen’s Mill and the StoryWalk program.

Executive Director Dexter Mead presented the Bill Pinney Conservation Leadership Award, named in memory of one of the original founders of DNRT, posthumously to Malcolm Johnston. This award was established in 2017 to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of Dartmouth’s natural resources. Sally Johnston accepted the award for her late husband, mainstay of the trust’s Land Acquisition Committee for more than 15 years. In the year preceding his death, Malcolm was “a driving force” behind the protection of Ocean View Farm, helping the trust and Buzzards Bay Coalition raise $3 million in private donations.

“Johnston was a dedicated volunteer and a passionate supporter of land conservation in Dartmouth,” the trust said.

In other business, DNRT members elected two new members to the board of directors: Peter Bogle and Andy Mellgard. Officers elected were Forbush as president, Granda as vice president, Gretchen Knowlton as secretary and Clifford “Tip” Tracy as treasurer.

The business meeting was followed by a presentation by Dr. Jon Atwood, director of bird conservation for Mass Audubon. Atwood spoke about the conservation of grassland birds in New England, including the Bobolink Project. “The message tied in nicely with DNRT’s newest land acquisition of Ocean View Farm, which will be managed for grassland birds,” the trust said.

DNRT is a membership-supported land trust with a mission “to preserve and protect Dartmouth’s natural resources for people and nature, forever.” Over the last 46 years, it has worked in partnership with other conservation organizations, state agencies and the Town of Dartmouth to protect more than 5,000 acres of natural areas and farmland in Dartmouth.

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