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Cape Ann Trail Stewards

 PO Box 690
 Essex, MA 01929
[P] (978) 9684109
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www.capeanntrailstewards.org
[email protected]
Nick Holland
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INCORPORATED: 2013
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 46-2506378

LAST UPDATED: 06/11/2015
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Cape Ann Trail Stewards helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail network and recreational areas.  Our work area includes: Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport.

Mission Statement

Cape Ann Trail Stewards helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail network and recreational areas.  Our work area includes: Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $20,000.00
Projected Expense $25,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Trail Steward Volunteers

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Overview

Mission Statement

Cape Ann Trail Stewards helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail network and recreational areas.  Our work area includes: Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport.

Background Statement

Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATS) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization formed in 2012 with the goal of protecting, maintaining and expanding the trail systems of Cape Ann. We partner with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to help care for preserved land, and to promote its responsible use.
 
We have an active Board of Directors that includes diverse representation from every community on Cape Ann as well as Essex County Greenbelt, Cape Ann Climbing Coalition, Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust, and Essex County Trail Association. We also partner with numerous organizations such as The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, New England Forestry Foundation, New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), and The Trustees of Reservations. Though CATS is a young non-profit, we have already physically improved trails in 4 areas of Gloucester; advocated for the protection of Andrews Woods in Rockport and the formation of an Open Space Committee in Manchester; and published a Cape Ann Upland Species guide to foster the public’s appreciation for native species.

 

 

Impact Statement

Since our inception in early 2013, CATS has completed a half dozen projects with over 200 hours of volunteer time.  In the last year alone,, we:
  • improved trails at 4 different conservation areas
  • advocated for the protection of a local recreation area that is currently unprotected and for the formation of an Open Space Committee in the town of Manchester
  • published a Cape Ann Upland Species Guide to foster the public's appreciate for native species
  • Developed a plan with the local transit authority to create access to trails through the use of public transportation
This year we hope to accomplish:
  • 6 work days at various conservation areas
  • A 150' long boardwalk construction project to improve access to over 1000 acres of conservation land
  • Develop a stronger organizational foundation through planning exercises, including developing a 5-year work/strategic plan 

Needs Statement

  • Operating budget: approximately $20,000/year
  • Trail Stewardship (tools, materials for clean up & events): $1000/year
  • Comprehensive Trail Mapping on Cape Ann: $4500 
  • Trail Signage: ~$2000 first year/$200/year 

CEO Statement

 One of our primary goals is to increase access to trails, thereby fostering opportunities for community members to appreciate and gain knowledge of their natural environment.  Cape Ann is a unique geographic area due to the vast amount of conservation land, protected habitat and extensive trail network.  Unfortunately, access to these trails is quite limited in many areas, and trails are poorly marked/maintained.  CATS strives to help increase the access to these trails and improve the quality of the trails so that community members can enjoy the beautiful landscape that Cape Ann offers.  CATS has a unique opportunity to help harness the energy of its community around providing better access to this wonderful resource.  

In addition to organizing community members to help enhance the trails on Cape Ann, CATS is also currently working on projects to with the local municipalities to help create awareness about the extensive trails on Cape Ann.  We are collaborating with the communities on Cape Ann to create access to conservation land and trails through the use of public transportation. We have been working to identify different voluntary 'stops' on the Cape Ann Transportation Authority's route where there is access to trail heads. Once those stops are identified, we will install signage so that those without their own transportation can still have access to the beautiful trails on Cape Ann.  

 


Board Chair Statement

Much of the open space on Cape Ann is owned by the municipalities, particularly the City of Gloucester and the Town of Rockport. Neither community has the resources available to actively manage all of the land that they own. Of all of the various services provided by a city or town, creating and maintaining access to municipal open space is given low priority because of this lack or resources.
 
Cape Ann Trail Stewards has worked to establish contacts in departments responsible for various aspects of land management, including the Conservation Commissions, Open Space Committees and Departments of Public Works. We have now completed a number of projects in each community, and this has helped build trust and demonstrate that we are a potentially valuable resource for managing these lands. 
 
We now have a regular flow of project requests from the Cape Ann communities and land conservation organizations. The challenge now is to recruit, train and retain volunteers. We are approaching this in a number of ways, including using traditional print media, social media, our Cape Ann Trail Stewards Upland Guide and the visibility afforded by the Cape Ann Transit Authority project. 

Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
We serve the 4 towns of Cape Ann, including Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Management & Technical Assistance
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation
  3. Environment -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Trail Steward Volunteers

Volunteers who participate either ongoing trail stewardship or one-time work days.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environment, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Improvement in the trail network on Cape Ann.
Program Long-Term Success 
Engages community members use resources in their community.
 
Provides more access to outdoor recreation. 
 
Enhances the trail network on Cape Ann. 
Program Success Monitored By  Staff, and the use of our volunteer management solution - Volunteers for Salesforce.
Examples of Program Success 
X number of work days performed in FY2014. 
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nicholas Holland
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Nick Holland is a land conservation consultant (www.landstewardshipinc.com) serving land trusts, municipalities and state agencies across Massachusetts. He has mapped thousands of miles of trails across the Commonwealth. Nick has a Masters in Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Katherine EW Dardinski Operations Manager

Kate Walton is the Operations Manager for Cape Ann Trail Stewards. Prior to her work with CATS, Kate was the Assistant Director of Land Stewardship and GIS Manager for nearly 9 years at Greenbelt- Essex County’s Land Trust, one of the largest regional land trusts in Massachusetts. At Greenbelt, she was responsible for creating and managing GIS data and maps and all GPS work, as well as other stewardship tasks including creating and maintaining trails. In addition to her GIS skills, Kate is also highly proficient in graphic design, social media marketing, and website and database management. Kate has a Masters Degree from Clark University in International Development with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. In addition to her professional experience with trail building, mapping and maintenance, Kate is an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends most of her free time recreating in the woods with her family.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
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Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Nicholas Holland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Land Stewardship, Inc.
Board Chair Term Apr 2013 - Apr 2016
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Edward O. Becker Essex County Greenbelt Voting
Leslie R Burns Essex Open Space Committee Voting
Mary Devaney Community Volunteer Voting
Carol A. Gray Lloyd Essex County Trail Association Voting
Frank Lane New England Mountain Bike Association Voting
Noel Mann Community Volunteer Voting
Michael McDonagh Manchester Essex Conservation Trust Voting
Matthew Natti Cape Ann Climbing Coalition Voting
Tim Parker Community Volunteer Voting
Frank Simmons Community Volunteer Voting
Fred Tarr Community Volunteer Voting

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 16%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 91%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our Board is comprised of citizens from the various communities we serve as well as representatives of the local land conservation organizations and trail user groups. This representation gives us the ability to share skills and expertise across these organizations, and it give us access to local knowledge and the ability to identify stewardship needs in each community.

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $20,000.00
Projected Expense $25,000.00
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We just received our 501c3 status in late fall of 2013. We haven't filed our taxes yet for 2013 so do not have a 990 form or audit as a result.  We are currently working on establishing best operating procedures for our finances and governance.

Foundation Comments

This nonprofit is newer, and recently received its nonprofit status from the IRS in October of 2013. As such, IRS Form 990s and a full year of data are not yet available for this nonprofit. Financial documents and data will be posted when they become available.

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Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATS) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization with the goal of protecting, maintaining and expanding the trail systems of Cape Ann. We partner with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to help care for preserved land, and to promote its responsible use.  

Cape Ann is a unique geographic area, and has over 9,000 acres of protected conservation land.  That conservation land is home to many miles of trails, available to the Cape Ann community for outdoor recreation.  

One of our primary goals is to increase access to trails, thereby fostering opportunities for community members to appreciate and gain knowledge of their natural environment. 

In the long-term, we hope to see an increase in the use of the trails on Cape Ann, appropriate signage that guides users in a practical way and a more thorough, comprehensive trail network.
 
Our success will be known if our organization continues to grow.  The more knowledge about our organization and the resources we can provide, the more successful we will be. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

A comprehensive overview of the trail network on Cape Ann will be imperative for planning purposes.  Our organization needs to understand the geography on Cape Ann extensively in order to best do our job.  Our mapping of the trails on Cape Ann will provide us with that overview.  A well-organized volunteer program is also imperative for our organization.  Well-run volunteer events and engaged volunteers will only make our organization stronger and more successful.  

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Our very active board and highly capable staff will enable us to do the work that needs to get done.  We also have an amazing group of volunteers who are supporting our work with fundraising and volunteer labor.  In addition, our partnerships with the municipalities on Cape Ann and other conservation partners only strengthen our ability to succeed in our mission.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We will know if we are making progress by the increase in our core volunteer group, and the knowledge of our organization in the communities we server.  Additionally, the more volunteer events we hold, the more improvements will be made to the trail network, ultimately driving our mission.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Since our inception, CATS has completed a half dozen projects with over 200 hours of volunteer time.
 
Our organization needs focus on short and long term planning and organizational/internal structure to make sure that the foundation of our organization is strong and able to grow in the years to come.