12 Degrees of Freedom

Frederic Winthrop

Mr. Winthrop represents both the Northeast Wildlife District of Massachusetts and agricultural interests on the Fisheries and Wildlife Board. He is co-owner and operator of the family farm in Ipswich and is experienced in wildlife management and land preservation issues.

Prior to his appointment to the Fisheries and Wildlife Board, he served 15 years as the Executive Director of The Trustees of Reservations, the nation's oldest land trust organization, which preserves and manages places of historic and ecological significance in Massachusetts.

Mr. Winthrop currently serves on committees for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Essex National Heritage Commission, and is a Trustee of the Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute. He has also been Chairman of the Ipswich Conservation Commission, Director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association and a Trustee of the North American Wildlife Foundation.

Mr. Winthrop served as Massachusetts' Commissioner of Food and Agriculture from 1975-1985 and has received wide recognition for his contributions to agriculture. He was awarded the New England Agricultural Adventurers Award for initiating the Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program, the first such statewide program in the country. He has received the Soil Conservation Society of America Award for "Significant Contributions and Achievements in Land and Water Conservation", the Massachusetts Tree Farmer of the Year award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Future Farmers of America. He was elected President of both the National and Northeast Associations of State Departments of Agriculture, President of the Eastern US Food and Agricultural Export Council and Chairman of the American Farmland Trust. He has led agricultural delegations to China, Poland and Romania.

Mr. Winthrop is a graduate of Harvard University and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.