BCT Annual Meeting 2017
7 parcels, 4 public trails, Conservationist of the Year and
special guest speaker, Jack Clarke!
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The Brewster Conservation Trust held its Annual Meeting on August 10, 2017 at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Hal Minis, BCT President, kicked-off the evening and welcomed attendees that included 55 BCT trustees, members, and guests.
BCT’s Land Acquisition chair, Peter Johnson, provided an update that included the acquisition of 7 new parcels totaling 26.76 acres and presented an overview of BCT’s “deconstruction” projects over the years. Next Bonnie Newman, chair of the Land Stewardship Committee described BCT’s stewardship activities including four new public trails, native plant projects, and site remediation projects. Bonnie also acknowledged and thanked all of the volunteers and partner organizations that BCT works with throughout each year.
Hal Minis, chair of the Communications and Outreach Committee, described BCT’s collaboration with the Eddy School science program, and other outreach activities including a bigger and better Brewster Conservation Day. Peter Soule, BCT’s Treasurer presented the annual financial report and Pat Bertschy, chair of the Nominating Committee presented the slate of candidates for the Board of Trustees term 2017 to 2020: Joe Masse, Charlie Sumner, Rachel Hutchinson, Pat Bertschy, and Bonnie Newman.
The formal portion of the meeting concluded with Hal Minis presenting BCT’s Conservationist of the Year award to the Brewster Ponds Coalition, citing their leadership in promoting the sound stewardship of Brewster’s pond. Tom Vautin, BPC president accepted the award.
The featured speaker for the evening was Jack Clarke, Director of Public Policy at Mass Audubon. Jack gave a rousing talk about the importance remaining active in the fight for environmental goals at the national, state, and local levels. He urged all to “lace up their sneakers” for action.