The Bethany Land Trust was presented with the 2019 Conservation Organization of the Year Award at the Bethany town meeting on May 20 by Bruce Loomis, Chairman of the Bethany Conservation Commission. As noted by Mr. Loomis, the Bethany Conservation Commission presents this award to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of conservation. In addition to highlighting the Land Trust’s acquisition of the 25-acre Grobe Preserve last year, Mr. Loomis recognized the Land Trust’s long standing efforts in environmental advocacy, education, resource preservation and habitat restoration.
Linda Francois, president of the Land Trust, said, “I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of our wonderful group of volunteer directors and officers, and other terrific volunteers, and with grateful thanks to our loyal supporters, including friends who have left a legacy in their wills. Our trails team is amazing, going out each week to keep our properties open and even tackling the devastation of the 2018 tornado on many of our properties. We love having great programs on our natural world and opening the eyes of our youth to its marvels and benefits. Having your financial support provides a war chest to take advantage of land preservation opportunities when they arise.”
The Bethany Land Trust, Inc. is a private, charitable, non-profit corporation dedicated to serving Bethany through the conservation of land. The Land Trust has established a Stewardship Fund to be used for habitat enhancement, trail construction and maintenance as well as monitoring and, if necessary, legal defense of the Land Trust preserves. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Land Trust’s Stewardship Fund, visit http://www.bethanylandtrust.org/ and donate by clicking on the donations button on the Donations page or visit JustGiving™ https://www.justgiving.com and search for Bethany Land Trust.
L to R: Liz Scott; Bob Harrison; Carol Lambiase; Linda Francois, President, Bethany Land Trust; Bart Piccirillo; Bruce Loomis, Chairman, Bethany Conservation Commission; Joel Nesson