David McGowan on the Role of Land Conservation in the Age of Changing Lands

David McGowan, director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, gave a Log Lunch talk about how he got into land conservation and why it’s important that lands continue to be conserved.

The Michigan native talked about some of his favorite, most beautiful places in Massachusetts, including Race Point Beach in Provincetown, where one can see whales breeching right from the shore, the Boston Harbor Islands, and of course, Mt. Greylock state reservation.

The land trust movement started right here in Massachusetts, by Charles Eliot in 1891, who started the Trustrees of Reservations.

The threats posed by climate change introduce new reasons to conserve land, like to protect biodiversity. So, if anything, there are more reasons now to go into land conservation than ever before.

—Jane Tekin ’19

David McGowan, director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation