MOHONK PRESERVE Meeting the Challenge of Change 2011 Year in Review
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What began half a century ago as a unique experiment in land conservation has evolved to become the Mohonk Preserve we all love. Thanks to your support, today the Preserve is a treasured resource and a model of community conservation. We have made great strides in saving and caring for this natural oasis where people discover, learn from, and are brought closer to nature.
But the job is not done! On the threshold of our next 50 years, we are meeting the challenges of change and are excited to have you actively engaged in the Preserve’s vision of conservation for the next century.
Moving forward, our goal is to inspire members and visitors to form lasting connections with the land, and to become the next generation of stewards who will continue this legacy of conservation. We hope to broaden and deepen the spectrum of people who can realize the vital role of the natural world in their lives. With your help, we will do this through:
Exploration – providing a publicly accessible place for unparalleled outdoor recreation experiences in a beautiful natural setting. We will improve access for people of all abilities, restore our carriage roads, and offer more places to explore.
Inspiration – helping visitors of all ages experience the wonder of the Preserve and discover that science, history, and art are interrelated in nature. We will share the Mohonk Land Ethic, delivering educational opportunities that deepen connections to the natural world.
Conservation – embracing a commitment to protecting the land, quality of our waters, diversity of wildlife, and health of our forests. Our programs and projects connect with current environmental concerns, enhancing appreciation of and support for nature.
The major challenge we face in realizing these goals is increasing the financial resources required to meet the magnitude of our responsibility for maintaining the vast land and complex infrastructure that is in our perpetual care. Only with adequate funding can we safeguard and sustain long-term management of this great natural treasure.
We are grateful that your generosity helps the Preserve meet the challenges of change. With your continued support, we are very confident that the Preserve will become a stronger, more vital institution over the next 50 years and beyond, sustaining one of our most important “green assets” into the next century.
Glenn D. Hoagland
Ronald G. Knapp