Together We Do Great Things
In this issue of Great Works we revisit the conservation of about 580 acres of land around York Pond. What now appears as a large, contiguous block of conservation land was stitched together using both large and small parcels, through agreements with a diverse group of landowners, by a number of volunteers and organizations over the course of twenty years.
York Pond was the first large-scale conservation effort for Great Works. The lessons we learned are deeply ingrained in how we work today on large projects and are summed up by three P’s: perseverance, patience and partnership.
Each York Pond project brought us a new partner to work with, the towns of Eliot and South Berwick, the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, developers, and individuals. We learned to adapt our role accordingly, to move fluidly from being the leader to the supporter of a project without ever giving up our primary role as the ‘voice for the land’.
As the local land trust, we make it a priority to know our landscape, our neighbors and how to talk about the unique qualities that make our region special. We know our limits – we just can’t purchase every beautiful, undeveloped piece of land that comes available. We also know that we can and will work long and hard to find someone who can. York Pond, Bauneg Beg Mountain, Beach Plum Farm, Mt. Agamenticus, each has taught us that partnerships have the power to achieve great things.
Highlights of this newsletter:
Tracking the New England Cottontail Rabbit
The Savage Preserve: Winter Notes from the caretakers and results of natural resources inventory
Thank you to our donors in 2008