This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Groton Conservation Trust. From the gift of the first parcel, Bates Land, to the most recent bequest, Carter’s Folly, landowners have entrusted the GCT to protect and conserve the beauty of Groton. Along the way, other parcels have been purchased by the GCT because of the amazing generosity of our members. In the coming months, we will be sharing a bit of our history, which is also the history of Groton, on this page.
Welcome to our newest trustees
The Groton Conservation Trust are happy to introduce two new volunteer trustees. Debbie and Milene add their conservation and environmental skills to the diverse roster of trustees.
Debbie recently and intentionally moved to Groton for its open space and many, many beautiful trails. She currently works at the Weston Conservation Department focusing on stewardship of over 2,000 acres of conservation land with 100 miles of trails as well as 10 conservation restriction properties. Before moving to Groton, she served on the Sudbury Conservation Commission as well as Racial and Social Justice Community Group. Debbie’s previous career was as a Project Manager in environmental consulting focusing on hazardous waste site investigation and remediation. Debbie graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and then earned her MS in Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. In her spare time, Debbie spends most of her time outside – walking trails, birding, gardening, and photographing nature.
Milene was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she developed a strong advocacy drive to help improve our world. Previously working as a victim witness advocate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she fiercely championed the rights of victims. Now, Milene focuses her passion on environmental advocacy and conservation, aiming to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and preserve biodiversity for future generations. In addition to Groton Conservation Trust, Milene is a key contributor to Far Away Projects, a nonprofit organization where she collaborates closely to formulate and execute their overall strategy in supporting sustainability initiatives globally.