The Board of Directors of the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) announced that after 18 years of service, Dexter Mead will be retiring from his position as Executive Director in the fall of 2022. “I am so grateful to have been able to work with such wonderful people, doing something I care deeply about, in a place that I love,” said Mead.
Mead plans to remain in Dartmouth and looks forward to having the flexibility to spend more time with friends and family while continuing to work on environmental issues important to him as a freelancer and volunteer. “I am inspired by the incredible volunteers at DNRT, who have shown me how much of a positive impact a non-staff member can have,” said Mead.
Said DNRT Board President, Andy Mellgard, “Dexter has done an amazing job. His accomplishments speak for themselves. His work has been instrumental to conservation efforts in Dartmouth and has contributed to environmental preservation, outdoor recreational opportunities, and resilience of our shared landscape. As he departs as our Executive Director, DNRT’s members and stakeholders can be assured that Dexter leaves the organization in superb condition to meet future conservation opportunities and environmental challenges. The DNRT Board is deeply grateful to Dexter and wishes him and his family all the best in his retirement.”
Since Mead became Executive Director in 2004, DNRT has protected more than 1,500 acres of land and added more than 16 miles of hiking trails. Among the six DNRT Reserves created under his watch are the 62-acre Wernick Farm Reserve off North Hixville Road, the 60-acre Ocean View Farm Reserve on Allen’s Pond, and the 77-acre Dike Creek Reserve on Bakerville Road.
With the success of these and other land acquisition projects, and his push to significantly increase DNRT’s guided walks and other community engagement programs, DNRT more than doubled its membership during Mead’s tenure. Mead also led DNRT’s effort to build a new headquarters at Helfand Farm in 2016 and its work to become nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2014.
The Board of Directors has established a search committee to identify the next Executive Director and will soon begin accepting applications. While the search is underway, Mead will remain in his current position in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.