It's About the Land 12-16-2016

It's About the Land 12-16-2016

Published in the Totoket Times,

December 16, 2016

North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Incorporated

It’s About the Land

On Sunday, December 4, we hosted a celebration for the entrants of our 2nd Annual Art contest. This is an event which NBLCT organizes to encourage residents of all ages in our town to share their artistic talents. The judges gave extra weight for artwork related to plants, flowers, trees, animals, or other features native to North Branford. Cash prizes, made possible by donations from businesses and residents of the town, were awarded to winners in categories ranging from grammar school to adult. David Sargent, President of the land trust, noted that although cash prizes could not be awarded to every entry, everyone was a winner! Perhaps the greatest winner is our town, because an event such as this helps strengthen our community spirit and brings attention to the land and its importance to all of us. Each of the entries will be on display for two weeks at the Atwater Library and then displayed at the Smith Library for an additional two weeks.

The art contest was a success and we hope that it will continue to be for many years to come! It was a success because of a handful of dedicated volunteers.  But we can always use more help. Not just help growing the contest, but help with building trails and leading hikes. We need people with knowledge and experience in accounting, legal matters, business organization, fundraising, publicity, public speaking, teaching, technology, writing, art, and natural resource management. All are needed to successfully run an all-volunteer non-profit land trust.

Volunteering in your land trust is a rewarding experience; an experience where you can see what you have accomplished for your town.  It can also help you learn about nature, grow your skill sets or just get outside more often.  Working with the land trust is a noteworthy achievement and for high school students, it’s a great entry on your college application.

For those who don’t have time to donate, we understand. Your financial support is equally welcome and just as essential. Besides operating expenses we have expenses associated with acquiring new land in town.

We hope that you will join us at our next event: Geoff Smith will lead a hike on woodland trails at the Evergreen Woods retirement community (entrances from Notch Hill Road and Route 1). Meet at 9:45 am in the visitor parking lot on Saturday, December 17. We’ll finish the hike by 12:00 noon, and then enjoy light refreshments provided by Evergreen Woods. Rain will postpone the hike to Sunday, December 18, 9:45 am.

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Otto Schaefer, Secretary
North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Incorporated