On this 16th Anniversary of LandPaths' founding by some forward-thinking community leaders (all women, I might add) we find our spirit of appreciation overflowing, so much so that it merits some expression of Thanksgiving.
Our work is nothing if not an outright community effort, a pairing of people with time on our local landscapes. That board member and volunteer, neighbor and financial supporter, staff and landowner, eight year-old student and veteran public agency representative are ALL a part of the change-for-good agent known as LandPaths is one of our elemental truths and one that warms us in this season of good, early rain.
We give special thanks to our volunteers—over 10,000 hours given so far in 2012 alone! We are grateful for the work of LandPaths Board of Directors this year - including its two newest members Melanie and Michael - as they all worked closely with staff to navigate the gift of three new properties to steward, to observe and to be inspired by forever. Our thanks spills out across the Laguna to Lynn and Anisya Fritz and the staff of Lynmar Winery for hosting an Autumn Supper in October.
We appreciate our partners at Sonoma Land Trust in working to protect Bohemia Ranch and to our County's Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District and to the tax payers that support its pivotal work. We give thanks and acknowledge the special gift of land to be handed down for generations to come by our friends Betty and Jim Doerksen, Phyllis and Ted Swindells, Julie and Will Parish and the Stanchfield Trust.
Our thanks extends to school administrators and parents, community gardeners with knowledge of food, farming and earth, and to the ever dedicated LandPaths staff – often the first to arrive and the last to leave.
And we thank YOU. With your investment in LandPaths, we steward both the land and our community. We are thankful for your investment of time and energy in the future of Sonoma County. Thank you.
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