2017 BLT Founders’ Award

Presented to Red Bansfield

DSC_0207_RedIn 2000, Red Bansfield walked into the BLT office, offering his time and talents as a volunteer. When then Executive Director Jaci Barton interviewed him, she quickly understood his potential to help with land acquisition. A soft-spoken, affable man, Red loved being out on the land; he soon became the “go-to-guy” for BLT’s ever-growing inventory of land parcels. After two years, he was hired part-time as BLT’s first-ever Land Management Coordinator.

Realizing, as he often said, that “…protecting land means more than simply leaving it alone,” Red began establishing a loyal corps of volunteers who invested a lot of sweat equity to help manage BLT’s precious parcels. In addition, he recruited individuals and oversaw Senior Environment Corps, Elder Services and AmeriCorps service members, as well as Eagle Scouts and students from Barnstable High, Cape Cod Academy and Saint John Paul II High School. Under his guidance, this incredible cadre of willing volunteers helped with crucial tasks such as trail creation and maintenance, invasive species removal, osprey pole installation and repair, and the organization of property management files to guide current and future volunteers.

As part of BLT’s Walks & Talks program, Red shared his love of history and natural history by leading popular nature walks. Hidden Hyannis and the Marstons Mills Turtle Island Trek were perennial crowd favorites.

When Red first connected with BLT, we had protected 69 properties, for a total of 478 acres. Today, BLT’s inventory of protected lands has blossomed to 157 properties, totaling 1096 acres. Red’s long-term commitment has enabled Barnstable Land Trust to grow and prosper.

We are thrilled to honor Red with the 2017 Founders’ Award for his timeless land preservation efforts as well as his advocacy on behalf of the environment and the health of our community.

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.