Message from our Executive Director
September 21, 2017
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Events like Hurricane Irma bring out the best in our community. We see helpfulness, generosity and a can-do spirit. Our government authorities, first responders, local businesses, press and regular citizens rise to the occasion, many risking their own well-being to serve the rest of us. I have heard about and witnessed acts of kindness by many of our members and other neighbors. We are thankful for everyone who lent a hand. The positive spirit is energizing for those of us who work at the Land Trust and all of us who care about this beautiful place.
Our Land Trust properties suffered some damage but our remedial efforts are already underway. At some properties, the work will be done fairly quickly. These include Old Stables Corner, Stolloway and other small properties. At some properties, the work will take longer. The John Gilbert Nature Trail has significant tree loss and damage to the walkway. Cannon's Point has tree damage on the south end. There is some tree loss and road flooding on the north end of Cannon's Point but no harm to the historic ruins. All of these properties should be fully restored for public enjoyment by the end of the year. Musgrove has major tree loss in places but nothing that prevents us from moving forward in our fundraising efforts to secure the final 110-acre Phase 3.
The importance of the Land Trust's mission to preserve our special places and quality of life becomes more apparent in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The island has fewer and fewer properties that are available for protection. We need to protect as many as possible. More protection means more trees, more public spaces, fewer homes, less stress on infrastructure and less flooding. As we all work hard to clean and rebuild our own property in the next weeks and months, let's also rally our community to be a generous and responsible caretaker of the island we all love.
David H. Pope