SUDBURY – Christa Collins, Director of Land Protection at Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) since 2008, retired earlier this month after 20 years with the nonprofit conservation organization.
A well-respected member of the Massachusetts conservation community, Ms. Collins played a role in the protection of more than 3,100 acres across 88 properties during her time at Sudbury Valley Trustees.
She was integral to the conservation of some of the region’s most expansive and well-known landscapes, including the 218-acre Mainstone Farm in Wayland, the 300-acre Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury, the 90-acre Sweetwilliam Farm and Whitney Conservation Area in Upton, and most recently, the 100-acre Horseshoe Pond on Mount Pisgah in Berlin.
The Trustees honored Collins at its Annual Meeting on October 6, when Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard highlighted many of her successes. State Representative Carmine A. Gentile was also on hand to present Collins with a commendation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
After the meeting, Vernegaard was effusive in her praise of her former colleague. “To a person, everyone I’ve spoken with has said what a pleasure it was to work with Christa,” she said. “Her knowledge, dedication, and persistence, along with a great sense of humor, combined to make her a respected and successful partner in conservation projects throughout the region. Her impact will be felt for decades to come, as future generations will be able to explore the same beautiful natural areas that we enjoy today.”
Ever dedicated to conservation, Collins will continue to serve the region as a board member for the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition.
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