Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, Groton Conservation Trust has had a fantastic year! With your support, many projects and programs that had long been in the pipeline came to fruition: we now have 1,400 acres under protection (and growing — more details in 2020!); our oldest property, Bates Land, has been transformed into a more usable recreation area; critical infrastructure upgrades have been made at several of our properties; and we worked collaboratively with others in town to spruce some of our most visited properties: the Groton Trails Network, The Groton History Center, Groton School.

Our programs welcomed record numbers of community members: our vernal pool walk in the early spring; our annual meeting featuring stone wall expert Kevin Gardner; an enjoyable walk across Groton through our inaugural Traverse; and our year-end treat, a walk and talk with Tom Wessels. These programs are enabled by your generous support, and we appreciate each and every contribution.

Groton Conservation Trust is a small organization with a big reach. Like many non-profit organizations, we count on annual donations from supporters like you to help permanently protect and preserve land in Groton, and to provide programs with access to our local environment. When you donate to Groton Conservation Trust, you align yourself with our core mission: local conservation. With your help, our work helps to address climate change, protects endangered species, and keeps open space under protection for our children and generations to come.

Why Groton Conservation Trust? We are a group of scientists, educators, and land conservation activists with a singular focus on promoting local sustainability through land protection. As a local organization run primarily b volunteer trustees, we make every dollar count, but we count on each and every donation to advance our mission. As we look back on 2019, we thank you for your friendship, your membership, and your very generous support.

As we look forward to 2020, we need your support more than ever! Please visit our website to make your secure, eco-friendly donation . While we have made the conscious decision to decrease paper use for this year-end appeal, if online giving is not your thing, please feel free to drop your donation in the mail to Groton Conservation Trust, PO Box 395, Groton, MA 01450 .

Thank you from your neighbors and friends:
Ted Lapres, President
Mark Gerath, Vice President
John Llodra, Treasurer
Scott Wilson, Clerk
David Black, Holly Estes, Wendy Good, Susan Hughes, Ed McNierney, Richard Muehlke,
Bob Pine, David Pitkin, Heather Rielly, Michelle Ruby and Chuck Vander Linden

Many thanks to member Sally Reed for the photo