Given the popularity of the less formal format of last year’s annual meeting, the Trust will meet this spring on Saturday, April 21 from 4-6 p.m., at the Beckish Senior Center in Columbia on Route 66.

The fun will start with a social half hour at 4 p.m. followed by awards and our speaker, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Julia Rogers

Julia Rogers – one of our UConn interns – will address the question of millennials and their connection to the landscape and conservation. Julia volunteers with our mapping team, and is also a steward at Mason’s Mill, and a member of the Mansfield Conservation Commission.

We will also vote on new and continuing Trustees.  Up for re-election this year are Gail Bruhn and Nancy Silander.  The Nominations and Governance Committee has also proposed the following new Trustees: Rob Beach, Mike Curtis and Terry Wakeman.

Rogers, our speaker, is a master’s degree candidate at the University of Connecticut. At the Trust, much of her work is focused on using geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance the organization’s regional planning capability. She also works with interns from UConn to update trail maps and management plan maps. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Julia received a B.A. from Colby College in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and competed in lumberjack sports, which sparked her interest in natural resource management.

So, all in all, it’s a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow Trust members, discover what has been accomplished this past year, vote on your Trustees, and enjoy a respite from spring gardening. There is no charge – although donations are always appreciated!

This was the scene from last year’s less formal annual meeting. This year’s will use the same format.