Janet Milkman has worked for and led non-profit organizations for 30 years, with a focus on community development, energy and environmental policy and practice. Her professional background includes advocating for statewide land use reform, including smart growth measures and community revitalization funding, supporting renewable energy and conservation through education, legislation, and advocacy. Her previous leadership roles include Executive Director of the Marion Institute and Executive Director of the Philadelphia-area Green Building Council.
Janet is a graduate of Wesleyan and Princeton Universities, and a Fulbright scholar. Janet Milkman is thrilled to be settled back home on Cape Cod after living in New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. Her passion for nature and the Cape landscape drive her at work and play. When not at work, you can find Janet birdwatching, mountain-biking, running her favorite trails, or paddleboarding in the ponds and bays of the Cape.
Land Protection Specialist
Jaci Barton fell in love with Cape Cod over 40 years ago and decided to make the Cape her home. In 1985 – as the environmental movement was just beginning to blossom – she became Barnstable Land Trust’s first Executive Director. At the time BLT had preserved less than one acre of land. Under Jaci’s leadership, BLT has become the steward of more than 1,000 acres in the Town of Barnstable, and membership has grown to over 1,800 families and businesses.
Jaci has received numerous awards, among them: the New England Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land’s New England Conservation Award for “outstanding vision, passion and dedication to the conservation of a unique landscape;” the Cotuit Community MVP Award presented by KeySpan, in partnership with the Cape Cod Baseball League, in recognition of her commitment to community; the distinguished Region 1-EPA Environmental Merit Award; and was celebrated as a Green Hero-Protector of Open Space by Cape Cod Magazine. Jaci has participated in 15 national land trust events. She is the 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts and serves on the Board of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. She is also member of the Advisory Board of Three Bays Preservation.
Lillie Peterson-Wirtanen graduated with a BA in Classics from University of California Santa Barbara in 2014. She has spent much of her time between two coasts – living in Santa Cruz and West Barnstable. Currently, she is the BLT Office Manager, responsible for diverse duties such as database management, special events, social media outreach and support for the BLT staff, Board of Directors and committee members.
Lillie, a former BLT intern, lives in West Barnstable and enjoys traveling, photography and writing. Recently, she spent a year working overseas for various organizations, two of which were nonprofits.
Land Management Coordinator
In 2000 Red Bansfield walked into the BLT office and volunteered to help with title research. Two years later, he was hired part-time as Land Management Coordinator. In addition to researching property titles, Red oversees land management efforts for all of BLT’s properties. Among his responsibilities are monitoring conservation restrictions, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, ongoing clean-up efforts, working with volunteers and contractors, and leading educational walks on numerous BLT properties.
Red moved to Cape Cod in 1978 from Brookfield, MA, is a graduate of UMass Amherst and received a paralegal certificate from Fisher College. He lives in Hyannis and is also employed as a Title Examiner for HLR Inc.
Land Stewardship Coordinator
Will Holden, a native of Lunenburg, MA, joined BLT as an AmeriCorps service member in 2016. He spent much of his time marking BLT property boundaries and leading volunteer clean-up projects before taking on the role of BLT’s first full-time Land Stewardship Coordinator. Will said he enjoyed exploring the unique landscapes of BLT’s various properties and was surprised by the abundance of ponds, wetlands and other inland aquatic environments on Cape Cod.
Will’s love of the outdoors began as a child snowboarding, biking and hiking. He earned a degree in Environmental Studies from Keene State College and participated in a conservation internship that exposed him to forestry, invasive species identification and removal, and easement monitoring. Will discovered service work through the Alternative Breaks Program in college, which influenced him to apply for AmeriCorps and work toward helping the environment.