Amending Declaration of Trust Update


The process of updating the Trust’s founding document has been comprehensive and rewarding, including careful legal review and four special meetings over the last year that provided helpful feedback from Members. Successfully amending our Declaration of Trust will result in a stronger Trust at every level, advance the protection of the 650 acres in our care today, and ensure that our governing documents meet the needs of a 21st-century land trust.

Click here to download the revised document, or you may pick up a paper copy in advance of the February Special Meeting at the Trust’s offices on the second floor of the Santander Bank building, 51 Main St., during normal business hours.

The primary changes include:

  • Reaffirming our purpose, which is to acquire and hold land in its natural state for conservation purposes forever;
  • Ensuring that the Trust conforms to all state and federal regulations, thus guaranteeing that the Trust retains its charitable status;
  • Raising the minimum number of Trustees from 5 to 7;
  • Giving a vote to each member of any two-person household, that makes a gift or joins as members at a level at least twice the amount of an individual membership (currently $25);
  • Creating an independent nominating committee process to nominate and elect future trustees; and
  • Establishing achievable quorum levels for our future meetings, elections, and amendments to the Declaration of Trust.

If you have any questions, or would like to receive the document in paper form, please send your e-mail address to Kris Ramsay at or call him at 508-255-0183.

The Trustees wish to thank all the Members who contributed to this process, helping us to build a better Orleans Conservation Trust.