THE WARREN CONSERVATOR Spring 2013
From The President’s Desk
The Warren Land Trust has been overwhelmed with the care, generosity, and support of the community for our stewardship of the land, our work toward national accreditation, and our desire to expand our activities in harmony with other worthy aspirations for the town. For example, we are supporting the Kent Land Trust in their goal of acquiring Camp Francis, a former Girls Scout camp which is partly in Kent and partly in Warren, as a property that would benefit both towns. In this manner we reflect the values of both communities to preserve land and to create possibilities for trails and recreation. Together with Warren Parks and Recreation, the Warren Historical Society and the Lake Waramaug Task Force, we are using outdoor events to built relationships and connect people more deeply to the town. During the past two years, we have striven to align our strategic plan and mission with community needs, values and interests. As a result, we anticipate making more informal presentations to community groups. At virtually every Board meeting, we ask ourselves questions like: “Is there a different way to think about our work to make it
more relevant to the town?” “Are we doing all we can to engage our constituents in this activity from planning to implementation?” “Who else in the community might be interested in our work and what is their vantage point?” We hope to forge deeper connections with landowners and citizens of Warren and engage them as champions of and partners in our work.
Please accept my gratitude for your important contributions to an annual fund that has produced a record amount of giving for the year 2012. We continually invite your insights and suggestions and look forward to making the year 2013 another year of growth, progress and vision for the future generations in Warren.