BOSTON, March 6, 2013 – Massachusetts provides an abundance of opportunities for getting outdoors and enjoying the natural beauty the state has to offer. In fact, many residents have taken their love of the outdoors and turned it into the way they making a living. Below are just a few outdoors folks who are following their passion and helping you connect to yours. For more information on all of the outdoors activities and locations to explore, visit massvacation.com.
Bob and Lee Evans, Get Up N’ Go Biking & Hiking Adventures
This Boston-based couple gave up conventional transportation when they felt gas prices became unrealistic in the 70’s, and since then they have been participating in and leading mountain and road biking adventures, endurance rides, and even cross-country tours. They are certified to teach “smart cycling techniques” and to judge and referee races, and they enjoy mapping roads and trails in the Boston area. getupngoadventures.com
Captain Alan Leibovitz, Atlantic Charters
Captain Leibovitz built Atlantic Charters from a single sailboat charter to a full-service, family-fun sailing center in Marblehead Harbor. This self-taught jack-of-all-trades is not just a captain and businessman, but also a skilled sailing teacher and mechanic. His love of the ocean and passion for sailing have continued to grow through his entire life. atlantic-charters.com
Chris Ward, Superintendent, Trustees of Reservations Ipswich Properties
Though an outdoors enthusiast from an early age, Chris Ward’s early career path took him on a different journey as a hazardous materials technician. After a couple of years with little job satisfaction, he left to pursue seasonal work in the Forest Service. Several years and various outdoors jobs later, he took his first job with the Trustees of Reservations where he has worked in a variety of positions, including volunteer management at Stevens-Coolidge Place – a historic homestead with extensive ornamental gardens, despite having no gardening experience. In his new role he is committed to the challenge of caring for some of The Trustees most ecologically and historically significant, beautiful properties – and highly sought after destinations — on Boston’s North Shore. thetrustees.org
Denis Duquette, Founding Member, Peaked Mountain Property Committee
A self-proclaimed volunteer-a-holic, Denis splits his time between sitting behind his desk at a roofing company and getting involved in conservation efforts. He’s known for going above and beyond, whether he’s fundraising, organizing trail maintenance, helping people affected by natural disasters, or just picking up litter. One of his biggest goals is to visit all of the Trustees reservations in New England.
Molly DellaRoman, Farm Manager, Moose Hill Farm
As the new Farm Manager, Molly DellaRoman is making major tracks at The Trustees’ newest CSA on the block: Moose Hill Farm in Sharon. She learned her farm smarts at our Powisset Farm CSA in Dover and at the Natick Community Organic Farm and spent the last year “WWOOFing” – volunteering on organic farms in the Pacific Northwest through the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. She is thrilled to bring farming back to the historic Moose Hill farmstead. thetrustees.org
Nicole Freedman—Director of the Boston Bikes Program
When it comes to bikes, this former Olympic cyclist means business. As the director of the Boston Bikes Program, Freedman is in charge of things like bicycle safety and education, and of infrastructure improvements for the city. She’s responsible for the change that has come over Boston since the program’s beginning in 2007, from one of the worst ranked cycling cities in the country to a nationally-known haven for bikers. bostonbikes.org
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s economy, tourism generates more than $915 million in state and local taxes and $14.4 billion in travel related expenditures and supports 121,500 in-state jobs. Web site: http://www.massvacation.com/
Contact: Lisa Simmons, MOTT
Vicki Cimino, Connelly Partners