Having been a member of the Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy for many years, a board member for 18 years, as well as President of the Friends for the past 10 years, I know what a treasure the Conservancy is to many people. It provides a quiet place to enjoy and study nature, as well as a great place to attend programs, hike, snowshoe and cross country ski. This year these valuable benefits to our community have been in demand more than ever, given what we are all going through. The trails have seen a significant increase in use, both from those in our community and outside as well. This summer I met, appropriately masked and socially distanced, a couple from Illinois and another from North Dakota. Small world – good news about our conservancy travels far.
While the additional visitors are always welcome, due to closures and capacity limits for safety concerns, sadly our facilities have not seen even close to normal rentals. This spring we also had to suspend what would have been our 33rd Annual Wildflower Sale, breaking a long cherished community tradition. All of this has had a significant impact on the funds that the Friends rely on to conduct programs and maintain the land and the buildings at Lac Lawrann. Some programs, Junior Naturalist and Adventure Camps, among others, however, have been able to continue over the summer and into the fall in a limited capacity, keeping our mission of environmental education moving forward.
So as the year is drawing to a close and you are reviewing your annual giving, please consider including a donation for a membership in the Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy. You can make a contribution two ways, by mail or you can make your donation on our website: www.laclawrann.org – just click on the Donate tab and follow the link to the Donate button to complete the donation.
I wish to personally thank all who have and continue to support Lac Lawrann and it’s mission to “Connect People With Nature” and welcome all of you new members as well. Stay safe, enjoy the holidays and I hope to see you on the trails soon, from a safe distance.
Paul De Chant
Friends of Lac Lawrann