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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Special Town Meeting on October 25th authorized funding to assist with the establishment of a Tyngsborough Land Trust (TLT). A land trust is a private, non-profit land conservation organization that works with landowners to acquire land or conservation restrictions for permanent conservation. Many communities in Massachusetts have local land trusts, and many areas are also served by regional or statewide land trusts. There are over 1,300 nonprofit land trusts in the United States that have conserved 56 million acres of wildlife habitat, farms, ranches, forests, watersheds, recreation areas and other open spaces.

Next Steps for Tyngsborough

Tyngsborough is looking for a group of committed volunteers to:
• Establish a Board of Directors
• Establish Articles of Incorporation
• Establish Non-profit status
• Volunteer for other trust activities moving forward

Funding and technical assistance are available to assist with these efforts.
The Town is collecting the contact information of interested residents. When enough letters of interest are received, the Town will organize a kickoff meeting, provide materials covering the basics of land trust operations and responsibilities, and provide technical assistance. Eventually, the land trust will operate on its own, independent from the town. There are numerous protected parcels in Tyngsborough that require a conservation restriction and a monitoring agent. The TLT will be the monitoring agent for many town properties.

For more information on Land Trusts, and the parcels in Tyngsborough that the TLT will monitor, please visit the following link: https://www.tyngsboroughma.gov/land-trust-committee/

Applications should be submitted to Emilie Brush, Conservation Director, at [email protected]