During this holiday season, I wanted to offer a special thank you to all the volunteers who help make Sippican Lands Trust tick as a land trust organization. Sippican Lands Trust is deeply grateful to our volunteers and all the work they do for Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) on a daily basis.
There are many examples of how SLT volunteers impact our work on a daily basis. SLT’s Board of Directors spend numerous hours guiding, governing, fundraising, and getting their hands in the weeds (literally) by helping remove invasive plants on our properties and along our trails. SLT’s volunteer stewards spend many hours out in the field visiting and monitoring Sippican Lands Trust properties and identifying issues like overgrown Japanese knotweed along a trail or a pile of leaves at a place where it should not be. These volunteer stewards are our eyes and ears on the ground donating their time and talents to make sure that our properties and trails are in proper order.
SLT is grateful for the many, many volunteers making time on a Friday afternoon, Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon to prune trails, remove invasive plants and clear fallen trees and branches. SLT’s Junior Board and students from ORR and Tabor Academy volunteer their time to help maintain our 10+ miles of trails on nine of our properties.
SLT’s volunteers also help at walks and special events promoting and sharing the work of the Sippican Lands Trust. There are also other volunteers who offer their assistance with office tasks and mailings. The volunteer tasks are constant and numerous and our SLT volunteers do their work with a smile and positive attitude never asking for fanfare. And our SLT volunteers do this work for free carving out precious time from their busy schedules to advance the mission and work of SLT. I know there are numerous tasks and other special projects that our SLT volunteers do under the radar that many of us may never fully know the impact of their work. Thank you!
So, during this holiday season, I offer my deep gratitude to our SLT volunteers who make this local, non-profit land trust tick and wish you a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. Thank you for all you do for SLT!
Jim Bride, Executive Director