Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Cherished Community Members, 

As the ephemeral blossoms of spring grace our landscapes, their transient beauty mirrors the fleeting nature of our lives, inspiring contemplation on the interwoven threads of our existence. Like these briefly blooming flora, we are beckoned to seize the moment, using our lifeforce to create a lasting impact during our all-too-short journey on this earth. 

The significance of spring ephemerals extends beyond their visual appeal. They play a crucial role in supporting pollinators, such as bumblebees, beetles, and butterflies, offering the season’s first nectar. In this symbiotic relationship, we can find a reflection of our own reliance on the natural world. Just as pollinators need ephemerals for nectar and pollen, we, too, depend on nature for our well-being and sustenance. Brian Seely’s story on the facing page highlights how nature has touched one of our community members, and how he, in turn, gives back.

Pollinators Need Spring Ephemerals, Just as We Need You

Not only do the pollinators need the plants, but the plants also need the pollinators. This delicate balance ensures the survival of each species and the ecosystem as a whole. As I marvel at nature’s synergy, I draw analogues to the Land Conservancy’s work. Our programs and projects would not be possible without our community of supporters. It warms my heart to read the stories on pages 6 and 8 about our two newest nature preserves. It is the generosity of people like Paul Tomandl and the hundreds of individuals who donated to the McDuffee Creek Nature Preserve that enabled the preservation of these special landscapes. Just like the ephemerals that jump-start the growing season and fertilize the soil for the next wave of plant growth, these folks took action to support the future generations that will bloom after them.  

Like Spring Ephemerals, We Must Make the Most of Our Time

Conservationists, like spring ephemerals, must seize the moment to protect land, because once it is developed, there will likely not be a second chance to return it to nature. I invite you to contribute to the fundraising efforts that are highlighted in these pages. Please send in your annual donation using the envelope included in this newsletter. You can also contribute at naturenearby.org/donate.  

In this season of renewal, I thank you for all you do to keep nature nearby! Your support is the nectar that sustains our work, ensuring the vibrancy of our treasured natural landscapes for generations to come.

With gratitude for your friendship and support,

Kim Karn, Executive Director

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