Land Protection

SVT’s Land Protection Staff

Christa Collins
Director of Land Protection
978- 443-5588, ext. 115

Ashley Davies
Land Protection Specialist
978-443-5588, ext. 121

As a regional non-profit land trust, SVT collaborates with individual landowners, local land trusts, and municipal, state, and federal agencies to protect land for wildlife habitat, passive recreation, agriculture, and forestry.

In some cases, we acquire a property to own and manage as a reservation, and in other cases we monitor conservation land owned by others. In either situation, our job is to ensure that no unapproved development or other activity takes place on the land.

How SVT Works with Landowners

Our land protection staff works with landowners who are interested in making long-term conservation plans for their land. It is important that landowners work with their own tax advisor and attorney, but SVT can assist in planning for the future of a family’s land.

SVT can help landowners find ways to avoid selling treasured family land for development when faced with unplanned expenses or high estate taxes. Options may include seeking funding for conservation from municipalities, from grants, or through private fundraising.

There are several techniques available for protecting land in perpetuity, all of which can be tailored to fit both a landowner’s goals for the property and his or her financial objectives, including income and estate tax planning. To learn more, see “Ways to Protect Property”. As with any real estate transaction, a conservation deal has many steps, and SVT’s land protection staff can help a landowner navigate the process.

How SVT Works with Land Trusts and Government Agencies

SVT partners with municipal boards and committees, local land trusts, and state and federal agencies to support one another’s conservation goals and to pool resources to enable conservation. SVT may end up co-holding interests in a piece of land with another entity, or we may simply assist in a land protection project by helping to raise funds or public awareness about the project. 

Current Land Protection Projects

Mainstone Farm, Wayland

Mainstone Farm was, until recently, the largest remaining piece of undeveloped, unprotected open space in Wayland and one of the few of its size in the region. Well known and loved by residents for its bucolic, rolling pastures and wooded hillsides, it has long been a priority for protection by the Town of Wayland and SVT. 

Stream at Mount Pisgah Conservation Area, photograph by David Ashley
Stream at Mount Pisgah Conservation Area, photograph by David Ashley
Field at Mount Pisgah Conservation Area, photograph by David Kindler
Wet meadow at Golas Farm, Boylston

A Campaign to Protect 500 Acres in Berlin, Boylston & Northborough

Northwest Framingham is characterized by abundant woodland, working farms, and pastoral views.  It is home to many miles of trails, including the Bay Circuit Trail. Recreation opportunities abound, from Callahan State Park to the Town's Wittenborg Woods.

Now, SVT and the Town of Framingham have an opportunity to protect another gem, Wayside Forest. 

Please help us protect this land!