The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust was awarded accreditation in August 2014. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal (at left) indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. Press release available here (PDF).
Celebration of Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust Accreditation
by Kay Doyle
On behalf of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, I am here today to salute Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust for your success in earning accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Your collective efforts have resulted in this accomplishment thanks to the generosity of your donors, and the hard work of your Executive Director, Jane Calvin, staff, Gwen Kozlowski, the Board of Directors, President Mark Romanowsky, past presidents, Henry Marchand, Steve Conant and Matt Donahue, as well as the volunteers of the trust. Furthermore, your organization is 1 of only 10 in Massachusetts, and 1 of only 280 land trusts in the country out of thousands of land trusts, to earn this level of distinction. Finally, this accreditation recognizes the overall excellence of your organization, not just for the land restoration and protection, but also for your programming, your finances, and the documentation of all of your work. Congratulation for a job well done!
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is very proud to be a partner with Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust as you continue to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Lowell, not just for the present, but for the future. In addition to being the beneficiary of several park endowments, your organization has established your own endowments with the Foundation. By doing this, you have taken the steps necessary to guarantee the financial security of your properties for generations to come.
Your commitment to preserving the land trust’s property for the future is visionary. Current and future citizens will be able to enjoy in perpetuity all of the Trust’s parks, the Hawk Valley farm, and the beautiful Spaulding House. Soon you will be adding another jewel to your crown, the Concord River Greenway. As a member of this organization, I have long admired your work, watched you grow, reach for the stars, and succeed.
How very fortunate we are as city and region to have so many dedicated and generous people who give their time, their talent, and their treasure to invest in projects that benefit all of us now and forever. This organization and the work that you do is such a gift for our city and region as it enables everyone, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter what their income level is or what their age is – it enables everyone to have the opportunity to experience nature right in their own backyard in an urban setting. They may have not known that it was here, but you have shown everyone the way. Through your programs, all of us will be able to learn as John Muir said, that “going to the woods is going home” (1) so that “nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, …while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn” (2).
Because of you, everyone will have the opportunity to experience the restorative powers of nature, not just for the plants and the animals, but for themselves, a gift for all and for all time.
On behalf of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Board of Directors and staff, I wish you continued success in your endeavors. We cannot wait see what you will be coming up with next! Congratulations!