“Connection” …this is a word suggested recently in a staff meeting for how we might think of the Wolf River Conservancy. I think it is a very appropriate word for conveying so much of what we do and why.
First, the Wolf River watershed literally connects all of us and the land we live on with the water on which we and other living things depend. Water itself connects us to the planet, continuously cycling into and out of living systems and therefore all of us.
Also, our robust environmental education program led by Cathy Justis connects children, teens and adults with vital information about our local environment - our woods, water and wildlife - and engages them with hands-on opportunities to make things better.
Our popular recreational outreach program connects people to the great outdoors and the beauty of the Wolf River...thanks to the leadership of Dale Sanders and Jim Gafford and a great team of volunteer river guides.
Our land conservation projects strive to connect lands with a high conservation value in support of our core mission to protect the Wolf River corridor and its watershed. Just this year, we completed land acquisitions that connected 4000 contiguous acres between Shelby and Fayette counties. Bob Wenner and Ryan Hall are constantly connecting with landowners in seeking new properties to acquire and protect.
Special events, such as the recent Greenway Soirée and our Drink a Beer, Save a River monthly socials, connect our donors and friends in the community by offering entertaining ways to come together and share their support for our mission. Barbara Kabakoff and Kelsey Hamilton lead these events so well!
Which brings me to you, our reader and, hopefully, a supporter of the Wolf River Conservancy. You and I have a connection in understanding the importance of our work and the continuing need for the Wolf River Conservancy to not only to exist but to prosper. We have recently been reminded of the ongoing need for vigilance in protecting our clean drinking water. On a national level, the political winds may blow against previous efforts to protect our air and water.
We have so much to celebrate at the Wolf River Conservancy and in our community. Please show your support by making a financial gift now during our annual campaign. Your individual gift will be matched $1 for $1 up to $75,000 by the Hyde Family Foundations now and through December 31st. On obtaining the $75,000 match from the Hyde Family Foundations, our good friends at Ring Container Technologies will provide an additional $75,000 toward our Conservation Fund. Thank you for your support, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!