Director – Charles River Valley Portfolio
Trustees | Powisset Farm
37 Powisset Street | Dover, MA 02030
These are unprecedented times. During these times, we must be both brave and prudent. Over the last three weeks, we have seen that our 118 special places have become sanctuaries for those seeking safe spaces to get out of their homes, to occupy their children and families, to get exercise away from gyms, to spend time with animals, to practice social distancing with acreage to spare. We are grateful to provide these opportunities, for the chance to serve in both times of leisure and in times of stress.
Thus, with today’s announcement from Governor Charlie Baker to suspend all non-essential businesses, we are saddened to announce that we will comply with this advisory by closing all Trustees properties beginning tomorrow, March 24 until April 7. All staff who are not involved in the care and maintenance of agricultural production and necessary operational care will be at home. All gates and parking lots will be closed and we ask the public to respect these barriers. The Trustees will continue to operate our agricultural operations in compliance with the guidelines issued for the care and feeding of animals, and the production and distribution of food. Our farm properties will only be available for the pick-up of food products.
We recognize that many Trustees properties are without gates or barriers and are within safe walking distance from neighbors and others and could be safely visited within the parameters of the Governor’s directive. We ask that those who choose to visit those properties at this time, be respectful, follow guidelines about litter, safety, and dog behavior. We understand that these changes will feel dire to many who have come to rely on the daily use and enjoyment of our properties. We ask that everyone comply with the Governor’s orders, that you respect the closures of our properties, and that you keep your families and others safe during this unknown and unpredictable time.
Despite our closures, we will continue to pay all staff. Our colleagues are available to answer emails and questions, can process Memberships and gifts made online on our website, and we are working on creating virtual resources that you can enjoy at home. Please watch out for these resources.
Thank you for understanding how difficult this decision was. Once this crisis passes and we receive word from officials that it is again safe to gather, we look forward to welcoming all back to our special places.
Barbara J. Erickson
President & CEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Trustees Outdoor Properties Temporarily Closing to
the Public Amidst Evolving COVID-19 Situation
Public’s help sought in respecting closures to
maintain responsible social distancing, in light of
stay-at-home advisory issued by Governor Baker
BOSTON, MA – MARCH 23, 2020 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announces that in
response to the emergency order issued Monday by Governor Charlie Baker, requiring all non-essential
businesses and organizations to close, prohibiting gatherings of over 10 people, and discouraging
unnecessary travel or activities, The Trustees has made the difficult decision to temporarily close all
outdoor properties, from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, April 7 at noon. This follows the closure of
indoor properties announced last week, also in effect until Sunday, April 7.
“We have seen in recent weeks a surge in visitation at our properties as many have sought to find a
place to get out of their homes, to relieve their stress, and to simply get find solace in nature. We are
grateful that our places have served this much-needed purpose in these unprecedented times,” said
Barbara Erickson, President and CEO, The Trustees. “Now we close our properties to the public per the
Governor’s orders in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the Commonwealth and our staff,” she
All gates and parking lots will be closed, and the public is asked to respect these temporary barriers. The
Trustees issued a statement to its members and followers requesting that they comply with these
barriers and closures, in order to help slow the spread of this serious virus.
“We recognize that many Trustees properties are without gates or barriers and are within safe walking
distance from neighbors and others and could be safely visited within the parameters of the Governor’s
directive. We ask that those who choose to visit our properties at this time, be respectful, follow
guidelines about litter, safety, and dog behavior,” said Alicia Leuba, Vice President, Trustees. “However,
we strongly encourage our visitors to avoid driving to our places in compliance with the spirit of the
Governor’s request,” she added.
The Trustees will continue to operate agricultural operations in compliance with the guidelines issued
for the care and feeding of animals, and the production and distribution of food. The properties will not
be open for recreational purposes but only for the pick-up of food products. Information about ordering
online from Trustees farm stands and stores for curbside pickup will be available soon, on
thetrustees.org and on Trustees social media platforms.
As this situation continues to evolve, The Trustees is monitoring all guidance and recommended best
practices to protect visitors, staff, and our special places. This is a difficult time, as individuals, families,
schools, and businesses all navigate these uncharted waters together. Over the coming days and weeks
Trustees engagement staff will be working to create online content for visitors to enjoy virtually while
they are safely at home.
Administrative staff are working from home and are available to answer e-mails and to process
memberships and gifts made online on our website. Membership staff are replying to telephone calls
and voicemail messages on a delayed basis and members are encouraged to send questions to the
email@example.com for the fastest service.
Please continue to check our website for the latest on our COVID-19 closures and policies
(thetrustees.org/COVID19) and follow our social media accounts for the latest live streams, video
content, and virtual programming. A round-up of these digital engagement opportunities is being
updated at thetrustees.org/athome.
More about The Trustees
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors,
and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s
first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today
as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 118 sites are destinations for residents,
members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. http://www.thetrustees.org.