Mount Grace director joins state Fisheries and Wildlife Board

  • Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust’s Executive Director Emma Ellsworth, pictured while fishing, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board. Contributed Photo

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Published: 9/26/2022 3:01:35 PM
Modified: 9/26/2022 3:00:47 PM

ATHOL — Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust’s Executive Director Emma Ellsworth has started serving the state alongside seven other members following her July appointment to the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board.

The board is responsible for supervising and controlling the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, has hiring authority over agency staff, and makes decisions concerning the acquisition and protection of land and water for wildlife.

“We are extremely proud that Emma has been chosen to serve on the board of such an important conservation partner,” Max Feldman, president of Mount Grace’s board of directors, said in a press release. “As a longtime collaborator in the NQRLP (North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership), MassWildlife has been a valuable ally in our work conserving land and fighting climate change, helping to inform our understandings of wildlife management and natural heritage. Emma’s love of the land and her experience as an outdoorswoman will be a benefit to MassWildlife and will strengthen the partnership between Mount Grace and MassWildlife long into the future.”

As executive director of Mount Grace, Ellsworth leads the 36-year-old land trust in achieving its mission to benefit the environment, the economy and future generations by protecting agricultural, natural and scenic lands, as well as encouraging land stewardship. Ellsworth feels the goals of both Mount Grace and of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board have clear overlap, allowing her to work toward the shared goals of both entities.

“My hope as executive director of Mount Grace and a member of the MassWildlife board is to help bridge differences between people who love the land, so we can collaborate more and come together as a community in the face of so much urgent pressure from development and climate change,” Ellsworth said in a press release. “Whether we are hunters, anglers, bird watchers, hikers or just people who breathe air and drink water, we have a common purpose and common need.”


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