2004 BLT Founders’ Award

Mark RobinsonPresented to Mark Robinson

for his leadership with land preservation efforts on Cape Cod.


A lifelong resident of the Cape, Mark Robinson has served as executive director of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts since its founding in 1986. In this role, he provides technical assistance for land preservation projects to local and regional land trusts operating on Cape Cod. This includes landowner negotiations, fundraising, land management, and state/municipal coordination on open space projects. For Mark, land preservation is a labor of love. His efforts extend well beyond what he is paid to do. If he were working in the for-profit world, his financial rewards would be far greater.

A longtime environmental leader, Mark previously worked on coastal management and water quality issues for the Cape Cod Planning and Economic Development Commission. He was the former chairman of the Barnstable Conservation Commission and one of the authors of the Town’s 1983 Open Space Plan. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod. He has served as co-chair of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Conservation Study Group and is a founding board member of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition. In 2009, Mark received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lifetime Achievement Award.



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.”