Land Trust Celebrates 8,000-Acre Milestone

“The Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park is a shining example of the passion of this community to protect its most precious resource – the land. ” This was the message from Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay on Aug. 20 as he spoke to a crowd of more than 300 people at the Land Trust’s Annual Gathering, held at the Liberty Grove Historic Society property overlooking the Grand View Scenic Overlook.

Land trust supporters celebrated the successful protection of the land completed in 2012, as well as surpassing the recent milestone of 8,000 acres of land protection since its inception in 1986.

Clay gave special thanks to the community for their continued support of the land protection efforts that will protect Door County’s vistas, healthy lands and vital water resources for the community now and for generations to come. He said, “We must remain vigilant – safeguarding against threats to the landscape of this amazing place. From foreign plant invaders to climate change and threats to fresh water, we must remain eyes wide open, prepared to address the conservation needs of tomorrow. And like following range lights into safe harbor, we must use sound science to inform our work.”

Clay ended by thanking the crowd and conservation partners for working together to complete the recent land acquisitions of 120 acres at Gibraltar Ephraim Swamp and 218 acres on Chambers Island, as well as several other new projects underway.

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