Message from our Executive Director
January 18, 2017
"I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree..." canopy of ancient live oaks by the river lit up by hundreds of hanging lights while a thousand friends and supporters of the Land Trust below the canopy enjoy terrific food, a great band and weather made in heaven. Now that's a party! What an inspiring way to start 2017.
As we come off a record year in 2016, it's only right that we celebrate the start of 2017 with the 17th annual oyster roast. It reflects what makes this place and the Land Trust so special -- the sense of common mission; the shared camaraderie that comes from teamwork; the thousands of hours of volunteer time that go to support our efforts; and the generosity of our supporters. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Now it's time to look forward. As we do, the key message is we need your help. We see challenges ahead but we see even more opportunity. In the next month we will close on Phase 2 of the Musgrove purchase. We still need to raise some money to meet our cash-in-the-bank requirements for closing. We need your help to make our goal. But rest assured, we will make it. We are looking hard at iconic properties in mid-Island and on the south end that we would like to protect. They are expensive and hard to secure. We need your help to protect them. We see and hear on a daily basis the challenge of development pressure throughout the island that will degrade the island's character, further stress its infrastructure, and harm our quality of life. We will be working hard to preserve the special places and attributes of the island through better zoning, planning and land use decisions. We need your help in these efforts.
So stay tuned; keep focused on opportunities; remain supportive; and help us make 2017 another banner year.
David H. Pope