Thank you to all those who joined us for our birthday event. It was a treat to celebrate with you!
The Land Trust had a fantastic time celebrating our 30th birthday with a virtual event that was full of meaningful reflections on the past, present, and future of community conservation on the Olympic Peninsula. After sharing the many lovely birthday greetings we received from friends and supporters, we were excited to start the celebration by enjoying our beautiful new Land Trust video, created by John Gussman. Next, we were delighted and humbled to present the Gary Colley Legacy Award to Gary Colley himself. Gary’s fond retelling of the founding and early years of the Land Trust underscored the important connections between past and present. Congratulations Gary, and thank you for everything you have done for the Land Trust over the years!
Executive Director Tom Sanford provided an informative “State of the Land Trust” update. Highlights included recent success stories such as River’s Edge, Clallam River, and the Olympic Peninsula Farmers Fund, as well as a look ahead to exciting habitat and farmland projects planned for 2021. Finally, attendees were treated to a presentation by consultant Matt Stevenson of CoreGIS. Matt shared a series of eye-catching maps illustrating the predicted effects of climate change on the Olympic Peninsula. The presentation concluded with a promise of more to come in the near future, as Jefferson and North Olympic Land Trusts begin a collaborative journey to explore climate topics on a regional level.