First Membership Letter: 2016

February 2016

Dear Supporters of Winnakee Land Trust,

It is with great regret that we announce the resignation of our Executive Director, Lucy Hayden. For over a decade, Lucy dedicated all of her time, energy, and heart to Winnakee Land Trust. She set a high standard for the organization and is responsible for many of Winnakee’s greatest triumphs. She will be missed by all.

GreggSwanzeyFortunately, there will be no loss of continuity nor gaps in management. It’s a new year and a new beginning for Winnakee Land Trust!  We are excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Gregg Swanzey. Gregg has extensive background in land preservation, environmental issues, economic development, and smart growth strategies. He has experience in grant acquisition and management and has done extensive work in trail planning and development. Gregg’s skills and experience will have great value as Winnakee Land Trust embarks on the next 25 years of service to the communities of northern Dutchess.

In the past 25 years, Winnakee has permanently protected over 2,500 acres of farmland, open space, and sensitive natural habitats from inappropriate development. At the heart of Winnakee’s mission is protecting the land you love and although 2016 has just begun, Winnakee has hit the ground running with nearly 1,000 acres of new conservation easements in the pipeline. Our work will leave a lasting legacy in land conservation that your support will make possible.Garden Trail work 2

Winnakee is well-aware of the benefits recreational trails have on our community’s health and economy and we have continually worked to add to our miles of public access trails. This year, Winnakee has established the Dutchess County Trails Roundtable, a quarterly county-wide forum to share resources, discuss ongoing trail projects, and identify potential connections throughout the county. The establishment of the Roundtable is a monumental stride toward a greener, healthier, and more unified Dutchess County. If you have a trails project or a dream for one, come to the Roundtable March 17, 2016 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at the Farm and Home Center in Millbrook.

Please consider making a donation to Winnakee Land Trust. Every dollar helps us to preserve and protect the natural, scenic and recreational resources of northern Dutchess County. Click here to make an online donation or send a check to Winnakee Land Trust at PO Box 610, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. MasterCard or Visa information can also be taken over the phone by calling (845) 876-4213 ext.2.  Help ensure that our beautiful lands are not only preserved for today, but for many generations to come.

With gratitude and best wishes,

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Sally Mazzarella, President                               Gregg Swanzey, Executive Director


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