Friday, May 21, 2010

Celebrate Land Conservation on May 25!

How will land conservation shape the future of the Upper Valley? What opportunities and values does open space provide for the next generation? And how do local conservation achievements relate to larger environmental and economic trends?

Join us at the Bradford Academy for the annual meeting of The Upper Valley Land Trust next Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm. Our guest will be 26-year-old Jared Duval, an Upper Valley native and a fellow at Demos, the author of “Next Generation Democracy,” a trustee of the Orton Family Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, and the former National Director of the Sierra Student Coalition, the largest student environmental organization in America. Jared’s roots are here and his vision is wide. He brings a unique perspective to help us envision our next generation of work both in terms of immediate civic impact and in a global context.

Jared will offer his thoughts about what makes the region special, while discussing some challenges and opportunities faced by UVLT and other environmental organizations. The meeting portion of the event will also feature a slide show depicting this year's conservation successes, and an award presentation honoring volunteerism.

We are thrilled to gather in Bradford for this celebration and hope this event will focus regional attention on the incredible accomplishments of Bradford’s Conservation Commission and its strong partnership with residents, businesses and students.

To encourage low-carbon commuting, we’ve organized an “Express Dinner Bus” leaving from Hanover/Lebanon at 6 pm. For $12 per person, you can enjoy camaraderie with UVLT staff and Trustees, a sandwich dinner from Stella’s Kitchen, great views and stories of the many conserved properties we’ll pass on our way. Bus riders will also be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from the Canoe Club and the Upper Valley Food Co-op.

Sign up for the bus and learn more about pre-meeting hikes, a tour of Farmway’s solar panels or a special pre-meeting menu at the Perfect Pear restaurant in Bradford by calling Nora at (603) 643-6626 ext. 102 or emailing

Jeanie McIntyre, President
Upper Valley Land Trust