Melissa Patterson is western Massachusetts native and comes to the Franklin Land Trust from the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) Massachusetts AmeriCorps program, where she served as both the Conservation Coordinator and the Program Director during her seven years with the program. While at SCA, Melissa had the opportunity to work alongside FLT staff to coordinate a wide variety of projects and trainings at FLT’s Guyette Farm and Walnut Hill Woods properties. Through the SCA/FLT partnership, Melissa gained a deep appreciation of FLT’s role in conserving the fields, farms and forests that are so commonly valued and celebrated within the region. She will be working as part of FLT’s outreach team as well as with the Massachusetts Woodlands Institute to promote programs designed to help landowners manage their woodlands for wildlife habitat.
Melissa began working in the conservation field as a trail crew leader with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and at Merck Forest and Farmland Center as a stewardship educator. She received a BA in environmental studies from Allegheny College and holds a teaching certificate in elementary education. When she isn’t at work she loves to run, go on slow walks with her old dog, and cross country ski.