Judy Record Conservation Fund – About Us
The Judy Record Conservation Fund (the Fund) was established in 2001 by family, friends, and members of the McLean Open Space Alliance and the Belmont Land Trust, who wished to honor Judy’s contributions to land conservation. The Fund provides grants to support protecting, maintaining, restoring, and acquiring conservation lands in the Town of Belmont and the neighboring communities of Lexington, Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown and Arlington.
In addition, the Fund considers projects within conservation lands that further the development of multi-use paths, off road hiking/biking trails, and universally-accessible trails. The Fund will also provide support for internships and fellowships with recognized conservation organizations in order to foster the next generation of land conservation leaders.
The Fund currently has an endowment of over $800,000 and aims to spend 5% of its funds each year in support of worthy projects.
Trustees & Advisory Council
Roger Wrubel, Chair • Rosalie Kerr • Lauren Meier • Jeanne Mooney • Martha Moore • Jeffrey North • Anne Paulsen • Eugene Record • Ellen Schreiber • Heli Tomford
Nancy Dunham • Joe Hibbard • Jeff Larson • Jim Levitt • Andrea Mason Nolin • Fred Paulsen • Carol Strasburger • Neal Winston
Through her passionate commitment to conservation, Judy touched many people in Belmont, energizing and encouraging them to become engaged in the challenging process of protecting open space in the town. Her death—in a tragic bicycle accident in 2000—was keenly felt by many colleagues and friends, concerned citizens, and the members of Town committees and municipal agencies.
In recognition of Judy’s work, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association honored her posthumously in 2002 with its Citizen Planner Award, recognizing her as someone who made a distinguished contribution to planning.
Judy left the Town a legacy of work to protect open space—work begun, but unfinished, which many Belmont citizens and the Judy Record Conservation Fund are bringing to fruition.