Not Commitment Shy

1 Aug

It’s official! On Tuesday, July 30th, Ruth Constantine, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Smith College, and Robert Jonas, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Kestrel Land Trust signed the papers to permanently place 190 of the 240 acres of MacLeish Field Station land in conservation. The permanent conservation restriction demonstrates Smith’s commitment to environmental sustainability and ensures that the land will not be developed, thus preserving its natural beauty and important role as part of a resilient landscape. The momentous occasion was shared by Board members and volunteers from Kestrel, students, faculty and staff from Smith College, neighbors- and even a resident turkey who wandered by at just the right moment.

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After a brief ceremony in the Bechtel Environmental Classroom many of the attendees took a guided walk around the property which allowed them to see the beautiful landscape and some of the many ongoing research projects at MacLeish.  Highlights included lovely vistas, a look at the newly planted American chestnut seed orchard, finding tiny wood frogs on one of the trails designed and built by Smith students, and a still very active vernal pool. 

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 The College’s official press release can be found at: http://www.smith.edu/newsoffice/releases/NewsOffice_13-039.html.

 -Joanne Benkley
Assistant Director, CEEDS

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