The Foundation’s Ranger Program is an important part of the interpretation, management and oversight of our extensive conservation land holdings. Our rangers work seasonally, spending their time patrolling their assigned properties, interacting with visitors, maintaining trails and removing trash. During the busiest time of the year, they serve as our "eyes and ears" and are the face of the Foundation.
Allen Reinhard has served as Middle Moors Ranger for the Foundation since 1991, residing in Heath House (our Middle Moors Ranger Station) in the eastern moors between May and October. In addition to his ranger duties, Allen plays a vital role in the education of our members and the public on the topics of conservation, preservation and history of our properties by leading the Mornings for Members interpretive walks in cooperation with our Science and Stewardship Department.
The Foundation also maintains a ranger presence on its Coatue property holdings to interact with beach visitors arriving by vehicle and boat, monitor and protect rare nesting shorebirds and colonial waterbirds, and supervise public use of this pristine wildlife refuge during the spring and summer. Neil Foley has been the Foundation’s Coatue Ranger/Shorebird Monitor since 2014. Neil works closely with our Properties Maintenance and Science and Stewardship Department staff. He also completed graduate level research on Coatue’s gull and cormorant populations during his tenure as ranger. For over 30 years, the continuing generosity of the Craig family has made this program possible by allowing the Foundation to use their Bass Point cottage as a ranger station.