At this time of giving, it is important to remember that one of the most important gifts we can leave for future generations is access to the beauty and wonders of nature. That’s why we hope that when you are making your end of year gifts you will include the Connemara Conservancy in your plans.
There is no doubt that the dramatic growth of North Texas over the past decade has put tremendous strain on our land and our natural resources. That’s why we are working hard with landowners, local governments and forward thinking developers to identify and protect open space throughout the area that will be important to ensuring that we are able to maintain our quality of life.
But there’s so much more to our land – and our work – than just the acres on the ground, the sunsets, the hunting trips, the summers spent at the lakes and the wild places where imaginations can still roam free.
Conserving land provides many critical, long-lasting benefits. Protecting sensitive wetlands and the lands surrounding lakes, rivers and streams from development protects floodplains and keeps polluted runoff out of drinking water. Preventing more land from being covered in concrete ensures that more of the precious little water that falls has the ability to soak into the ground and our aquifers, replenishing our water supply and reducing the chance of serious flooding.
The need for conservation is growing
Connemara currently protects more than 6,000 acres of open space. In addition, we provide access to conservation education for thousands of students each year.
But our work is far from done. The demand for our services has never been greater.
That’s why we need your help.
Connemara relies on the generosity of people like you that believe in the importance of open space and conservation education.
Preserving our heritage
We invite you to read this year’s letter from Amy Williams Monier, who founded Connemara with her mother, Frances Williams, in the early 1980s.
At the time, even though their farmland was surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of open space, they knew development was one its way and it was only a matter of time before their land would be surrounded by homes and shopping centers.
That day has arrived.
By establishing the Connemara Conservancy and setting aside 72 acres of their most pristine property as the Meadow Nature Preserve to be protected and enjoyed forever, however, they made sure that every generation to come would have access to the beautiful landscape that generations of their family had enjoyed.
Now we ask you to help us continue the important work by Amy and her mother over three decades ago by visiting our contribution page and making a gift to Connemara. As Frances was fond of saying: “Remember that even the most modest gift gives grace to the giver.”
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
Connemara Conservancy Board of Trustees.
Mark Yarbrough, president
Beverly Coghlan, vice president
Sherry Englande Brown, treasurer
Bob Mione, Meadow Steering Committee chair
Dr. Eileen Tollett
Scott White, secretary