Since 2009, Sudbury Valley Trustees has hosted AmeriCorps members through a statewide program now known as TerraCorps. TerraCorps members serve across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a wide variety of conservation, land access, and sustainable farming organizations.
SVT’s TerraCorps-AmeriCorps members spend their 11 months of service helping SVT fulfill our mission “to protect natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people in the 36 communities that surround the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.”
One goal of the TerraCorps program is to equip its members with the skills needed to become the next generation of conservation leaders. And it works. Following their service, many SVT TerraCorps members have pursued advanced degrees in environmental programs or found full-time positions at conservation organizations.
The members who SVT is lucky to host serve as as Land Stewardship Coordinators, Regional Collaboration Coordinators, or Community Engagement Coordinators. The projects that each service member work on vary by position and are based partly on the member’s individual interests.
Working in Stewardship
In our Stewardship Department, TerraCorps-AmeriCorps members monitor properties, coordinate volunteer projects, fight invasive plants, and restore wildlife habitat.
Matt Morris, 2019-2021 Land Stewardship Coordinator, played an integral role in regional efforts to improve pollinator habitat and forest health. He also led nature walks and coordinated volunteer efforts to improve wildlife habitat on SVT properties.