for his years of community service, visionary stewardship and personal dedication to protecting our vital natural resources.
Tom Mullen supported the efforts of Barnstable Land Trust when he was Superintendent of the Barnstable Fire District’s Water Department because he knew that every parcel of land protected preserves the sole source aquifer that provides us with safe drinking water. When he became the Town’s Director of Public Works, our community was just beginning to understand the interconnectedness of the aquifer to our coastal waters and estuaries that feed fish and shellfish. Tom led the community to understand that what we do on the land affects the water beneath us and that we needed to start looking at development from a new, holistic, perspective.
For nearly a decade, Tom worked to create and maintain 19 miles of trails along Barnstable’s portion of the Cape Cod Pathways system. Based on GIS surveys and his extensive knowledge, he worked alongside former BLT Board members Sam Keavey and Will Mason to clear new trails that linked to pre-existing trails. He was instrumental in developing a relationship with AmeriCorps and made sure the entire system was marked with Pathway signs and kiosks, which are now located at major decision points.
BLT’s longest standing Board member, Tom has served as a member since 2003 and as president in 2005 and 2006. He brought his vast knowledge of water supply protection to bear on BLT’s Land Acquisition and Land Management Programs.
Barnstable Land Trust annually honors an individual, organization, business or governmental organization who has acted in the spirit of our Founders. The award is given “for having the vision to empower the people of Barnstable to preserve the essence of Cape Cod – its open spaces and natural resources, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.”