MARION — Jim Bride is animated while discussing his new position as the executive director of the Sippican Lands Trust. Since starting the job in May, Bride has developed a long list of projects he hopes will improve Marion and its natural beauty.
“I really hope to get more people out on the land and the trails… there’s a lot of resources for eyes to look at and we want to get them outdoors,” Bride explains.
Bride has significant experience and a longtime passion for environmental conservation that are a great fit for the SLT.
A Massachusetts native, he has worked on a variety of environmental boards for the past seven years. He previously worked at the Monadnock Conservancy in Keene, New Hampshire and most recently at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. Additionally, Bride spent time fundraising and teaching science to middle schoolers.
Bride’s focus comes from his passion for the natural resources and land. Through his work, he said he hopes to inspire people to look at their computer screens and technology less and outside more.
He speaks with enthusiasm about every aspect of the job but quickly responds that his favorite part is working with the people.
“It’s really fun meeting with people who support our work.”
Bride has many plans for the SLT. Currently underway is a accessibility trail; the 2,000 foot trail will allow people in wheelchairs and with other disabilities to fully engage with the land. The trail will be located at the Osprey Marsh location off of Point Road.
Bride said he also hopes to focus on the area's agriculture. His goal, with the help of the Lands Trust, is to make local agriculture an essential and appreciated part of Marion.
His favorite part of the Sippican Lands Trust is the Brainard Marsh, Bride said, which he described as a “grounding place.” The marsh is located off Delano Road and is open to the public year round.
Bride hopes everyone has the opportunity to check out all of the Trust’s properties, he said.
Sippican Lands Trust is always looking for ways to get people involved. The new director said he encourages everyone to come out, get involved, and support the trust's work.
"We are very excited that Jim (is) joining the SLT as executive director and bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization. This is an exciting time for the Lands Trust as we continue to focus on growing our property’s accessibility to the public and officially launching our campaign to build an all-access boardwalk at our Osprey Marsh property on Point Road,” said Kate Ross, SLT Board President.
“I’m looking forward to working with Jim in getting more people outside and enjoying all the benefits of nature,” she said in a Lands Trust press release.