Just like Wilcox Park, The Westerly Land Trust is one of the best features of life in Westerly, and Kelly Presley, its executive director, provided unnecessary convincing of that in a Sept. 29 “Guest Opinion.” But the column sold it short, so please let me complete the job of ensuring the land trust has all the human resources it needs to carry out its stated mission: “To Preserve and Enhance Westerly’s Sense of Place.”
It’s a lot to ask of its three-person staff to ensure our population of approximately 18,000 residents has the purest water and unspoiled habitat for our human and non-human residents, which clearly adds to the quality of life in our collective Rhode Island home.
So what can you do to help?
“Change the things you must, accept the things you can’t and the wisdom to know the difference” tells us that volunteering and/or financially supporting the land trust allows you to pursue a path that might just provide elusive inner peace in these unsettling and upsetting times.
The land trust (westerlylandtrust.org) provides us with Thursday’s farmers market in downtown Westerly, helps preserve hiking trails and animal habitat, and can put you in touch with the calming, soothing and tranquil environment that helps make Westerly so special. We can’t lose this feature, and this reminds me of my green mutual fund’s attention getters: “Invest as if Our Planet Depends on it” and “The Climate is Changing, are your Investments?” Let’s join together to help protect, for current and future residents, what I think we all love about Westerly.
In summary, we are lucky to have the land trust (10 High St., 401-315-2610) available to help us make our world a better place and directly put us in touch with what really matters.