BLT’s Janet Milkman named as Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Board President

Janet Milkman
Janet Milkman

Barnstable Land Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based on Cape Cod, has announced that Executive Director Janet Milkman has been appointed as President of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition’s (MLTC) Board of Directors.  She previously served on the Board as Vice President. As Chair, she will be responsible for leading the Board in promoting and implementing MLTC’s vision and strategic policy. Cape Cod is also represented on the Board by  Mary Griffin, a resident of Orleans and a former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, and Diana Ruiz, Executive Director of the Native Land Conservancy based in Mashpee.

Janet joined the Barnstable Land Trust as Executive Director in 2017. She has worked for non-profit organizations for 35 years, with a focus on smart growth and community development, and energy and environmental policy and practice. Her previous leadership roles include the Marion Institute and of the Philadelphia-area Green Building Council and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.

“It is an honor to take on the role of President of MLTC’s Board of Directors,” said Milkman. “Conserving natural and working lands is critically important to helping the Commonwealth of Massachusetts meet its Clean Energy and Climate Plan and Bioidiversity Goals. I look forward to working with Robb Johnson and the MLTC’s team, my board colleagues, and MLTC’s 140 statewide members to save more land faster.”

Other newly board members were Rachel Bruce (Wildlands Trust) and Emily Myron (The Nature Conservancy).


Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a community-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources in the Town of Barnstable and nearby areas. BLT has protected over 1,250 acres in the Town of Barnstable and supported the Town in conserving over 11,000 more.  Recognized as a regional leader in collaborative land preservation and stewardship, community engagement, training, and advocacy, BLT leverages its conservation expertise to inform local public decisions as they impact our ecosystems, community health, well-being, and quality of life. To learn more about the organization, see the full calendar of events, or to access one of its three popular trail map guides (Barnstable Trail Guide – English and Portuguese versions, Cape Cod Pathways/Barnstable Trail Guide, and Eagle Pond & Little River Sanctuary Trail Guide), visit  or call 508-771-2585.

Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC) is a nonprofit that advances land conservation across Massachusetts by providing education, tools, networking and advocacy for land trusts and their partners. There are 140 land trusts working in Massachusetts, more than any other state except California, and they steward over 250,000 acres in Massachusetts – nearly 5% of the state’s land area.  Today, land trusts are hard at work helping Massachusetts meet its goal under the state-mandated Clean Energy and Climate Plan to conserve 40% of the state’s natural and working lands by 2050. To learn more about MassLand, visit .