Barnstable Land Trust Welcomes New Board Members

Filed Under: Non Profit News

Barnstable Land Trust, a community-supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space and natural resources in the Town of Barnstable, has added Ben Canavan and Robert Callahan to its board of directors.

A lifelong resident of the Cape, Cananvan is an owner of Solar Rising in addition to being a photovoltaic solar panel installer. He has worked for 15 years in renewable energy and installed thousands of residential and commercial solar installations on Cape Cod, the islands and South Eastern Massachusetts. A licensed master electrician by trade, Canavan also holds numerous certifications in the solar industry.

A retired Foreign Service officer, Callahan ended his 32-year career as ambassador to Nicaragua. In addition to other assignments in Latin America and Europe, he served in Baghdad as the press attaché and embassy spokesman from 2004-2005. Along with his work as a Foreign Service Officer, Callahan was also an educator who taught national security policy for two years at the National War College, and spent three years as a diplomatic fellow at George Washington University, where he taught courses and lectured on foreign policy, public diplomacy and international relations.

Since his retirement from the Foreign Service, Callahan has written articles on topics of foreign affairs and education reform for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Miami Herald and Cape Cod Times, among others.

BLT is actively seeking volunteers at all levels of our organization. For more information on BLT and volunteer opportunities, visit

Barnstable Land Trust (BLT) is a . BLT has protected 1,100 acres in the Town of Barnstable, and supported the Town in conserving over 10,000 more. To learn more about BLT, visit our website at or call 508-771-2585.

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