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Land trust’s demise marks its success

July 28, 2010

Monach butterflies at Ellwood Mesa - Photo: Rich Reid

According to a story last week in the Santa Barbara Independent the more than 1,600 local land trusts in this country will soon be reduced by one with the wholly expected demise of the Goleta Valley Land Trust.  Located just north of Santa Barbara, Goleta is the home of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the southern entrance to a particularly wild, scenic, and undeveloped stretch of landscape known as the Gaviota Coast.

Local and regional land trusts are the heart and soul of community conservation. Typically, they raise funds and may purchase or accept donations of land or easements. One of their ongoing responsibilities is to monitor easements, legal agreements that prevent development or stipulate land use, being sure that subsequent landowners honor them over time.

So, in general, it is very bad news when a local land trust goes out of business. But the Goleta Valley Land Trust was not your typical land trust. According to the Independent‘s story, the trust was set up specifically to disburse funds generated by a public interest lawsuit against a local resort.

The money was the result of a hard-won 1997 settlement between the Bacara and the Citizens for Goleta Valley, which sued the resort for not including a parking lot and access to Haskell’s Beach. The court-ordered mediation talks were notoriously tense, with one attorney literally grabbing another by the lapels at one point, but the citizens eventually won out, getting the parking lot, public access, and cash.

Armed with $5.5 million the land trust set out to support land conservation in its community. Among it many grants, the trust gave funds to support two TPL projects, including a million dollars toward the successful $20.4 million of protection of Ellwood Mesa, home of the seasonal butterfly community pictured above.

Now the money is almost gone, and soon the land trust will be as well.

The trust’s happy ending . . . was always in the plans, said co-founder Harriet Phillips, who both spearheaded the Bacara suit and then managed the funds with the trust’s board. “We had no fundraisers,” she explained. “We didn’t want to compete with anyone. We did not want to build a bureaucracy. We just wanted to do the best to save whatever land we could save.”

The paper speculates that whatever funds remain after the land trust dissolves could go to the Santa Barbara County Land Trust, a traditional land trust working in the area.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead’s dictum on the importance of an engaged citizenry is so familiar these days that it is losing a little of its punch. But in this instance, I’m going to risk floating it once more: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

More information on local land trusts can be found on the website of the Land Trust Alliance, a land trust umbrella organization that TPL helped to start in the 1980s.

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Movin’ on up

July 20, 2010

TPL president Will Rogers' office, July 15, 2010 - Photo: William Poole

As I may have mentioned, we’re moving. After 24 years in our current digs, TPL’s National and California state offices are packing up and relocating to the 9th, 10th, and 11th floors of a 28-story building on the other side of Market Street here in San Francisco.

Last week, our offices began to fill up with orange-colored crates. Everyone is packing madly following a month of document purging in preparation for the move. At close of business Wednesday, we are all banned from the office for four days while the movers wheel out the crates and dismantle the furniture.

For that period we will be officeless, and for part of the time we also will be without email and phone mail. (So be patient if you’re trying to reach us.) On Monday, we will be reunited with our crates at the new offices—and, theoretically, everything will begin getting back to normal.

TPL's first office, 1980s - Photo: Daniel Hoffman

TPL’s  first office opened in 1973 above a Remington shaver-and-knife store at 82 Second Street in San Francisco. Appropriate to the spirit of the decade, the building was decorated with a mural of a tree, its trunk embracing the street-level TPL office door, its branches reaching among the building’s second-story windows. That year, TPL fielded a staff of 12 and completed 6 projects.

By 1987, TPL had completed projects in 29 states and seeded regional and local offices across the nation. In San Francisco, the Second Street office was bulging at the seams, so TPL moved a block to Rialto Building at 116 New Montgomery Street—the only TPL offices that most current San Francisco-based staff have ever known.

The Rialto is by any measure a grand and graceful building. With a soaring lobby, marble staircases and hallways, and huge windows, it has been a home to brag about. The building survived two major earthquakes, the disastrous one of 1906 and the destructive one of 1989.  Last year, the management redecorated the lobby and hung a huge photo of the building after the ’06 temblor: an interesting and sobering image.

116 New Montgomery lobby - Photo: William Poole

In an earlier time of stricter dress codes, some of us used to characterize TPL project managers as wearing business suits with hiking boots. The phrase was meant to capture the unique nature of a staff that carried a love of the land in their hearts but whose heads were filled with the business, financial, and legal skills needed to conserve land in the marketplace.

It’s hard not to think of the move to a new building as shifting us, if only slightly, toward the organization’s business side. According to Wikipedia, 101 Montgomery Street, in the heart of the financial district, is currently tied for being the 42nd tallest building in San Francisco. The 404-foot building was built in 1984, its lower floors grafted onto the 1910 California Pacific Building to preserve that historic structure. For years, 101′s anchor tenant was the Charles Schwab investment services company. TPL is moving into three floors of the former Schwab space—how business is that?

101 Montgomery, incorporating the 1910 California Pacific Building - Photo: William Poole

Outside our current building, New Montgomery Street is alive with young dot-commers and creatively dressed students from a nearby art school. The new location, while only three blocks away, feels much more buttoned-down, and the streets are darkened by looming skyscrapers.

But TPL’s space, nine floors off the street,  is lined with windows and full of light—especially where it meets a soaring two-story atrium at the top of the building’s historic section.  And, of course, we are taking all our people with us, so it won’t be long before the place feels like home.  I’ll try to post some photos to the blog after we get the pictures hung and the files put away.

So, no new posts on LandNotes for a few days. We’ll be back next week after the rendezvous with our orange-colored crates.

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Before and after – Sugarloaf Key, Florida

July 9, 2010

Sugarloaf Key, Florida, 2006 - Photo: Michael Wray

Too often at TPL we are so busy rushing on to the next project that we miss what happens to the land we’ve already conserved. Of course, sometimes the whole point of a project is to prevent changes on the land. But just as often, we help an agency or a community acquire property that to be dressed up for public use.

Last month, I got an email from Becky Nielsen, a TPL project manager in Florida, with a photo attached. In 2006, she completed a project that protected two acres on Sugarloaf Key for the State of Florida to manage as wildlife habitat, a trailhead, and ocean access. We had a lot of fun with the project at the time, because the land had appeared frequently in films and the Miami Vice television show.  But once the project had closed, we lost track of it—until the state sent Becky this photo. 

Sammy Creek Landing, 2010 - Photo: Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Becky writes:

Wow!  The state has torn down the house, removed the crumbling seawall and replaced it with riprap, they have built covered picnic shelters (picnic tables coming), improved the boat launch for kayaks and canoes, they have built 3 kiosks and are working on the signs for the kiosks now. 

The new park is named “Sammy Creek Landing” after the conservation-minded landowners who worked hard to see the land conserved. 
 
“How cool is that!,” Becky writes.  And I can only agree.

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LandMark: Cleveland’s carousel is coming home at last

July 1, 2010
Old postcard showing Euclid Beach Carousel

Euclid Beach Carousel - Made by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, 2009 Vintage postcard

For July 4th, here’s a story—in the news once more—about one of the more unusual transactions in TPL’s history.

For nearly 60 years, a carousel built in 1909 was among the premier attractions of the private Euclid Beach Amusement Park on the Lake Erie shoreline near Cleveland. A summer visit to the carousel was a local tradition, and one can imagine children and their parents climbing aboard the 54 wooden horses and 2 elaborately carved chariots on July 4th and all summer long, year after year, until the park closed in 1969.

Between 1981 and 1985, TPL worked with the city and state to acquire the former amusement park as a public beach, but by that time the fondly-remembered carousel was well into its second life at an amusement park in Maine.

Then in 1997, the carousel again was put up for sale, and Cleveland preservationists asked TPL to try to buy it at auction and bring it home. (This is a land conservation organization, remember, but why not.)

Collectors journeyed from miles around to bid on the carved antique horses. The sale was structured so that each horse would be auctioned separately, and then, in a second round, the entire carousel would be put up for bid; whichever method brought the most money for the seller would prevail.

The first round brought high bids for the horses—one as high as $42,500. Which made the second round a nail-biter for former TPL vice president Kathy Blaha, who had been charged with trying to buy the entire carousel.

From a 1998 TPL midwest newsletter:

After a brief volley with an anonymous second bidder, Blaha succeeded in securing the entire carousel . . . .  Even the collectors who had travelled thousands of miles to bid on individual horses cheered. The citizens who had worked so hard to try and save the carousel hugged each other in tears.

The plan was to restore the carousel by the spring of 1999. That effort bogged down for lack of funding, and it’s great to hear that a new partnership and fundraising campaign may enable the Western Reserve Historical Society, which now owns the antique horses and chariots, to bring the attraction back to Cleveland by 2013. If they do, and I ever get to Cleveland, I will be sure to go for a ride.

Have a great July 4th weekend. Fly the flag. Visit your favorite park. Grill a hot dog or veggie burger according to your inclination. We’ll be back on the other side.

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Around the Web on Wednesday

June 16, 2010

New World Mining District - Photo: Alex Diekmann

Yellowstone Protection - A number of newspapers picked up the story out on Montana about TPL’s purchase of the final industrial mining claims within the New World mining district. My favorite discussion of the issues and history surrounding the 1990′s controversy over mining on Yellowstone’s borders, is a post by Kurt Repanshek on the National Parks Traveler blog. 

Among the post’s other attractions, it includes a map showing the location of the mining district along the famous Beartooth Highway, one of the nation’s great alpine roadways. 

The piece also quotes Alex Diekmann, who in addition to being a TPL project manager, is a crackerjack photographer — witness the image above.  

Conservation Funding in New York -  The Gotham Gazette is carrying a long article summarizing the recent conservation funding controversy in New York state. 

Singling out the state parks and environment for symbolic belt-tightening, Gov. David Paterson last month pressured the state legislature into accepting steep and disproportionate cuts to conservation funding in exchange for reopening 55 shuttered parks and historic sites in time for the Memorial Day weekend. 

 With the budget two months late and negotiations stalled, the governor chose an area representing less than one quarter of a percent of the total budget to launch his strategy of forcing cuts through temporary budget extender bills needed to keep the state operating. 

 In a move that has troubling implications for the future of the city and state’s environment, legislators were cornered into choosing between two programs that have broad public support — the state parks and the Environmental Protection Fund, the state’s main source of capital expenditures for open space and farmland preservation, parks and recreation, historic preservation, waterfront revitalization and recycling. 

The piece is written by Anne Schwartz, who has been parks correspondent for the Gazette since 1999. Anne also is a frequent contributor to TPL’s Land&People magazine. Her piece on New York City community gardens appears in the current issue.

Public Access in Maine – On DownEast.com, outdoor writer George Smith points out that ownership changes are threatening public access to Maine’s private lands,  He then extols the efforts of government and conservation groups in working to forestall that trend.

 Maine has done an outstanding job of buying the rights and opportunities enjoyed by the public on private lands.

Through an astonishingly successful collaborative effort by state and federal agencies, the nonprofit conservation community, and advocacy groups representing environmentalists, sportsmen, and other outdoor recreationists, Maine’s outdoor heritage is being secured for future generations.

Although we’ve purchased a fee (ownership) interest in some lands, most of our purchases have been in the form of easements. Some purchased development rights, to keep the land undeveloped. Most purchased both development and access rights. 

Smith goes on the highlight the federal Forest Legacy funding program as particularly important in that effort, along with two current TPL projects that have applied for that funding. Worth a look if you are one of the millions of New Englanders for whom Maine is a favorite recreation destination.  

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Todd Wilkinson on O’Dell Creek

May 18, 2010

Young angler on O'dell Creek - Photo: Alex Diekmann

Editor’s Note: For TPL’s Land&People magazine, freelance journalist Todd Wilkinson has written about Yellowstone wildlife, city parks in Atlanta and Newark, and conservation in northern Maine.  In today’s guest blog, he reflects on a conservation project close to his home in Bozeman, Montana–the restoration of the wetlands of  O’Dell Creek, a tributary of the Madison River much loved by fly-fishers. I love Todd’s work and have just assigned him to write a story on federal conservation efforts for the fall issue of the magazine.  By the way, the photo above was taken by Alex Diekmann, a friend of Todd’s who happens also to be the TPL project manager on the O’Dell Creek easement.  The boy fishing is Alex’s son Liam. Enjoy the post. 

When I was eight years old, I met Louis. He was the central protagonist of E.B. White’s children’s classic, The Trumpet of the Swan, a book then hot off the presses. It’s the story of a swan, born without a voice, that tries to overcome muteness by learning to play the trumpet.

The tale was set not far from where I am presently standing, viewing ivory white birds that, very well, could be the real life cousins of those that inspired Mr. White many years ago.

Just as a trumpeter swan can learn to overcome seemingly debilitating challenges and sing again, so, too, can stretches of water.

To see a trumpeter in full winter plumage glide beneath the crest of mountains, setting down upon open flows encircled by ice, is an illustration of pure majesty. One can also hear it in the mating cries of sandhill cranes that soon will arrive in the same place as the swans, reaching Montana again after spending the snowy months at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

It is a remarkable thing knowing that only a decade ago, such a convergence of avian icons would not have happened along the banks of O’Dell Spring Creek.

When President Barack Obama flew into Bozeman last summer (2009), first for a town hall meeting on health care and then to take the First Family on a vacation to Yellowstone, rumors abounded about a secret side trip.

Mr. Obama was slated to spend part of his visit on a stream, engaging in something he had never done before: Casting for trout with a flyrod. Quickly, many wondered where he would go, Montana being a state known for many legendary blue ribbon waters.

For a while, at least, speculation focused on O’Dell Creek in the pastoral Madison Valley near Ennis, revered by anglers and birders alike. O’Dell is a wonder of private land restoration, thanks to ambitious behind-the-scenes work done by an extraordinary group of collaborators, including the Trust For Public Land.

As a tributary to the Madison River, O’Dell Creek suffered from severe impairment in the 20th century, when it was ditched and channeled to drain a wetland. The intent was to provide more upland grasses for cattle to eat on the Granger and Longhorn ranches. The manipulation wasn’t done in malice but rather without a full understanding of its ecological consequences, recognized today by a new generation.

The re-routing of the creek not only altered O’Dell’s natural function, but it damaged water quality and the health of the riparian corridor, including the prevalence of aquatic insects that are the lifeblood of trout moving out of the Madison River to spawn.

“The repairing of O’Dell Creek has sprung from a remarkable partnership,” says Alex Diekmann, a local TPL project manager who has helped protect 225 square miles of private land in the Madison Valley by working with ranchers on conservation easements. “Anyone will tell you the real stars of this initiative are the ranchers.”

Between landowner Jeff Laszlo of the Granger and his neighbor on the Longhorn, an array of assistance provided by state and federal agencies, and added underwriting support from Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and the power company, PPL-Montana, O’Dell is considered a model.

A major portion of the 11 miles forming the O’Dell system has been returned to natural contours and its marshy edge replanted with willow to enhance habitat value for migratory and resident birds.

TPL’s vital role was working with the Montana Land Reliance and owners of the Granger and Longhorn ranches on conservation easements. “Restoration and permanent land conservation go hand in hand,” Diekmann says. “Conservation easements ensure that all of the hard work put into bringing this creek back to life will still deliver dividends long after all of us are gone.”

He notes another important element. In the age of climate change, aquatic biologists throughout the West are concerned about the impact of rising temperatures on cold-water fisheries. Hotter, drier conditions will affect not only the abundance of water but also heat it up, harming the productivity of wild trout.

The deepening of O’Dell Creek and lining it with trees already has resulted in the water, as it bubbles up from underground springs, remaining cooler and friendlier to fish. In addition, the number of bird species using the wetland corridor has increased every year to more than 80 today. More than 2,500 sandhill cranes call the Madison Valley home and trumpeter swans have found refuge in the currents of O’Dell that stay ice free in winter.

“The ecological value of streams like this is only going to increase in the decades ahead,” Diekmann says. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his counterparts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture held up O’Dell as a prototype for collaborative public-private restoration initiatives nationwide.

Yet for all of the astounding progress being celebrated, the job still is not done. Recent troubles on Wall Street and the ripple effects in the federal budget and private philanthropy have put on hold the proposed restoration of the last few miles of O’Dell Creek.

“We’re almost there,” Diekmann says, referring to lower stretches of the creek near Ennis that merge with the Madison River, still in need of repair. “It’s a crucial piece in a much larger spectacular puzzle.”

Unbelievably,  nearly half of the ranchland in this glacier-chiseled valley rests is protected by conservation easements.

“There is as much goodwill involved with the O’Dell project and conservation in the Madison Valley as any other location I have seen,” Diekmann says. “People who live here understand the connection between stewardship and a high quality of life.”

As for the president, inclement weather unfortunately prevented him from gracing O’Dell Creek, though he ultimately did make his casting debut at a different TPL conservation project, along the Gallatin River.

Both President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar have vowed to come back. Awaiting them is a rejuvenated riparian corridor that like the trumpet of Louis the swan, resounds again with the notes of a natural symphony.

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LandMark: Crested Butte land conservation program

April 9, 2010

I was tickled to read in The Crested Butte News of yet another successful conservation effort to protect the lovely meadows surrounding that Colorado town.  In 1996, I drove to Crested Butte to write a story on the town’s conservation efforts for Land&People magazine.  The obviously aging photo above was taken on the trip–showing land protected by the Crested Butte Land Trust along the Slate River south of town.   Here is a snippet from that story:

From the picturesque ski village of Crested Butte, down the East and Gunnison River valleys toward the county seat of Gunnison, fields that once grew hay and cows now grow houses and condos, and “For Sale” signs sprout like spring iris in the verdant meadows.

Fourteen years later, the effort continues to protect one of the prettiest moutain valleys it has been my pleasure to visit–and many of the same players are involved.  These include TPL, which negotated the latest transaction and helped to assemble the funding; the Crested Butte Land Trust, which will hold an easement on the land; the Town of Crested Butte, which raises conservation funds through a real estate transfer tax; and Great Outdoors Colorado, a state conservation funding program that also contributed to the project. 

And I was pleased to note that town planner John  Hess, whom I interviewed in 1996, is still in his office in city hall.  From The Crested Butte News:

“This is an absolutely great piece of property,” said Hess. “It connects to a lot of other open space up Slate River. The visibility from town looking north is fantastic. I’ve been up in those aspens and seen elk migrating through there. It is a great piece of property.”

Its hard to imagine a more active conservation program for a town of its size.  The effort got started in 1991, when the town passed its conservation funding measure and the land trust was founded with TPL’s help.  By the time I visited in 1996, the town and the land trust together had protected 642 acres.  Today, the Crested Butte Land Trust boasts of more than 5,000 acres protected. 

Congratualtions to Crested Butte on this latest conservation victory.  I hope to get back to town soon to see the results of their labor.

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LandMarks: Stewart Udall

March 24, 2010

It has been interesting to read obituaries of Stewart Udall, who died last week at age 90. Udall was secretary of the interior in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, in the founding decades of the modern conservation and environmental movements. The litany of Udall’s accomplishments is impressive.

From the Washington Post, which also offers a wonderful gallery of images from Udall’s public life:

He brought conservation and environmental concerns into the national consciousness and was the guiding force behind landmark legislation that preserved millions of acres of land, expanded the national park system and protected water and land from pollution. From the Cape Cod seashore in Massachusetts to the untamed wilds of Alaska, Mr. Udall left a monumental legacy as a guardian of America’s natural beauty.

“Stewart Udall, more than any other single person, was responsible for reviving the national commitment to conservation and environmental preservation,” former Arizona governor Bruce Babbitt, who was President Bill Clinton’s interior secretary, said in 2006.

Despite having a testy relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, Mr. Udall remained in the Cabinet after Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 and made concern for the environment a key part of Johnson’s Great Society. He helped secure passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 (which now protects about 400 million acres of land in 44 states), as well as the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (1965), the Water Quality Act (1965), the Solid Waste Disposal Act (1965), the Endangered Species Preservation Act (1966), the National Historic Preservation Act (1966) and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (1968).

But as impressive as this record is, what comes through to me in the obituaries is the way that politics has changed since Udall’s time. In that era it was widely believed that conserving land and cleaning up the environment were important steps in the nation’s progress, and politicians of most stripes weren’t afraid to say so. The movement that Udall helped to kick start as a liberal Democrat plowed ahead full steam during the Republican Nixon administration.

According to The New York Times, in a 2003 public television interview, Udall said that there was in Washington a “big tent on the environment.”

 “Republicans and Democrats, we all worked together,” Mr. Udall told Bill Moyers.

In fact, TPL’s own experience is that there are still a lot of dedicated and effective conservationists on both sides of the aisle in Washington–although that quiet consesus is often drowned out by polarizing voices.

In the conservation movement, we really do stand of the shoulders of giants. As we lose them, one by one, we are reminded again of how much they accomplished in relatively little time. To know what was possible in the past offers a kind of hope for the future.

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Conservationist Edgar Wayburn dies at 103

March 11, 2010

Photo: SierraClub.org

 

I never met conservation patriarch Edgar Wayburn, who died last week at age 103.  But in another life, I did once help his daughter, Laurie, create an early publication for the Pacific Forest Trust, a worthy organization that she helped to found and that has pioneered forest preservation as a strategy for addressing the climate crisis.  In the four or five remembrances of Wayburn that I have read over the last few days, I have not seen it mentioned that  this is also part of his legacy: that his DNA continues to power important conservation work.  

Wayburn, a physician by trade, was a passionate amateur conservationist who served five terms as the president of the Sierra Club and is in some measure responsible for helping to preserve huge stretches of wild country and important close-to-home recreation lands.  

From the New York Times obituary:  

When President Bill Clinton awarded Dr. Wayburn the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999, he said Dr. Wayburn had “saved more of our wilderness than any other person alive.”  

Dr. Wayburn had central roles in protecting 104 million acres of Alaskan wilderness; establishing and enlarging Redwood National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore in California; and starting the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in and around San Francisco.  

His methods were the old-fashioned ones of writing letters, raising money, commenting on environmental studies and attending public hearings. He was widely respected for the authority and persistence he brought to lobbying public officials, always softly, with a courtly Georgia accent. . .  

Dr. Wayburn helped transform the Sierra Club from the 3,000-member outing and skiing club he joined in 1939 into a powerful force in environmentalism today with 730,000 members.  

Another very interesting post about Wayburn can be found on the blog of the Anchorage Daily News — which includes in its entirety a profile of the conservationist that first appeared in the newspaper in 1988, when he was relatively 82 years old and visiting Alaska to raft a river.  

Wayburn’s Sierra Club has been a particular target of animosity in Alaska. From the days of the bumper stickers threatening “Sierra Clubbers Kiss My Ax” to the present, the environmentalists rallying around Wayburn and his cause have been called every conceiveable name, some printable, most of them not.  

And the sad thing is that Wayburn never really wanted anything very different from what the average Alaskan probably wants.  

This man is no evil ogre. He is no self-serving elitist who wants to turn Alaska into a private playground with no concern as to whether it leaves Alaskans bankrupt or suffering.  

What Wayburn wants is to hang onto a little piece of what American once was, to preserve for future generations the wild lands that can challenge the body and the spirit. The 82-year-old physician is himself is a testament to the value of such lands.  

Someone once told me that history is made by the people who stay to the end of the meeting.  By most accounts, Edgar Wayburn was such a person–not necessarily the loudest voice in the room, but a person whose personality, persistence, and persuasiveness helped to make a better world for us all.

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He left the Shakers for love

March 1, 2010

Photo: Fred J. Field

What does this little love story from the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine have to do with land conservation?  Certainly the connection is tangential, but it is too good a story not to share. 

A few years ago, TPL was involved in a complicated effort to protect Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine.  Since we needed to raise money for the project, and it seemed like a good story, we pitched a Maine-based freelance writer named Stacey Chase to go to Sabbathday and interview the four remaining Shakers in the world.   (Members of the sect, as you may know, do not marry and are sexually abstinent.) 

Chase did interview the Shakers, ended up marrying one of them, and as a result, there are now three remaining Shakers in the world.

My article on the world’s last four Shakers was at first only unusual because it was a rare glimpse into daily life at the Protestant monastic sect’s idyllic hilltop village in rural southern Maine. Never could I have imagined that that story, of all stories, would become the story behind the story of how I met, and eventually married, the long-sought love of my life.

TPL and its many partners successfully completed the project in 2006.  You also may want to read Stacy Chase’s original story on the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

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