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Who We Are

Our mission:
The Vineyard Conservation Society is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving the environment of Martha’s Vineyard through advocacy, education and the protection of the Island’s land and water.

Founded in 1965, VCS is the Island’s only conservation organization whose mission includes advocacy and public education, as well as resource protection.

In the years ahead, we believe that the health of our Island and its waters will increasingly depend on an informed and mobilized public. That’s why we partner with government and civic groups whenever possible, to promote community action in defense of a viable Vineyard environment and future. 

Conservation today is about more than land protection. At VCS, we believe in a broad definition of environmental stewardship: we’re always prepared to fight inappropriate development, but we also advocate for pro-active solutions in all areas of environmental concern.

VCS office team:

Brendan O’Neill
    Executive Director
Signe Benjamin
    Operations & Membership
Jeremy Houser

VCS Board of Directors:


Richard Toole
Nancy Rogers
    Vice President
Dave Davis
Alan Ganapol


Camron Adibi
Glenn Alberich
Jim Athearn
Jesse Ausubel
John Best
Mimi Davisson
Liz Durkee
Larry Hohlt
Luanne Johnson
Stephen Kellert
Samantha Look
Joan Malkin
James Prichard