Conservation Accomplishments Shared and Celebrated at UVLT’s Open House and Volunteer Gathering!

A big thank you for all of you who helped to make our October 15th Open House and Volunteer Appreciation a wonderful success! We had a very fun evening full of friends both new and old and with 50+ attendees – a full house!

Gathering to view a display.

We recognized our volunteers for the hundreds of hours of hard work  they contribute to us every year.  UVLT Stewardship Coordinator Jason Berard noted that the support of the community results in a Land Trust that is an integrated part of the community and a stronger organization overall.  He  covered the following highlights of our volunteers’ service:

·         Volunteer engagement contributes to our efficiency with supporters donations.  This past fiscal year UVLT accomplished $7 of conservation for every $1 given.

·         Volunteers gave over 1050 hours this past fiscal year; 650 hours in property monitoring alone – an increase from last year.

·        Volunteers expand our capabilities as an organization including our efficiency in larger projects like the creation of the  Lyme Hill Conservation Area and trail work at Zebedee, and allows for unexpected fun like the UVLT HOP 50th piano!

Decorations

·         If you link all the boundaries of UVLT conserved land together, it equals 904 miles, which is the same distance as from Hanover to Peoria, IL!  Our volunteers help us cover a lot of ground!

We also sang three outdoor songs led on piano by musician Robin Russell including: ‘Garden Song’ by David Mallett and ‘River’ by Bill Staines.

Though the video is rather shaky we hope you enjoy hearing our rendition of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’!

 

If you’re in the neighborhood stop on by.  Though the event is over, our doors are always open and we’d be happy to see you!

  • Robin Russell

    It was an honor to be asked to play the “hands on” piano, made into a work of art by the hands of the UVLT.  It was out on the Dartmouth Green all summer, survived the outdoor elements, and was tuned and centrally placed in the office entrance. Music and landscapes have always made my heart sing…. it was wonderful to hear all these voices belting out these songs, celebrating hours and hours of work so that all can experience and enjoy the diverse landscape and natural resources of the Upper Valley. Thanks all!

  • Anna_Slack

    A big thank you to YOU Robin from all of the UVLT staff for helping to make the night extra special!