December 2020: A Message from Our Director

Dear Wolf River Conservancy friends,

As all of you know, these are difficult times. Because of COVID-19, many of us will be separated from loved ones during the upcoming holidays, experiencing the stress of monotony, loneliness, and perhaps grief as well, and coping as best we can, sometimes by getting outside into the natural environment. As we’ve noted before, access to the outdoors has been especially important to our physical and mental health during the pandemic.

More pathways to resilience lie in the practices of reflection and gratitude – focusing on what is most important in our lives, the people and circumstances for which we are most grateful. Making a habit of recognizing and expressing gratitude tends to result in less loneliness and greater satisfaction with life, a critical tool in a crisis.

As the Executive Director for the Wolf River Conservancy - during a challenging year with the pandemic as a backdrop - I am reflecting on what is really important about our organization, and I am very grateful to the people who help the Wolf River Conservancy carry its mission forward:

Staff Members – Our resilient staff members this year have explored new ideas, projects, communication techniques and so much more, all with the purpose of delivering on our conservation mission, no matter what. They have launched successful virtual events such as Discover the Greenway, and The Greenway Soiree, and hosted a robust roster of virtual education programs, in addition to conserving 1,000 acres of habitat. Our staff is listed here.

Board Members – Each year, our Board of Directors encompasses an amazing range and depth of talent, skill, passion and commitment to our mission. This past year has been no exception. Our board members provide good counsel along with financial support to the Conservancy. Our new board officers and the 2021 Board of Directors and Board Advisory Council can be found here.

Volunteers – Assembling large groups of volunteers was not an option this year, but volunteers stepped up nonetheless in many different ways. Our loyal River Guides led smaller groups down different sections of the Wolf River, with COVID-19 precautions in mind, and helped community members learn to paddle on the lake at Epping Way. We also launched our Greenway Ambassador program with a dedicated group of volunteers who are walking the Wolf River Greenway, ensuring that everyone has a good experience (more on this program soon!). Equally important were all the volunteers who served on committees this year, supporting education, outreach, lands, development, and marketing, as well as Discover the Greenway and The Greenway Soirée. Thanks to all of you.

All of you – To those of you who have invested in our organization with your donations because you believe that our work makes a difference in our community, we thank you - and we hope we continue to earn your financial support in 2021. There is still time to show your support before the year ends, at this link.  

Thank you all, and warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday!


Keith Cole

Executive Director

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