Land Trust board member Steve McGuiness (center) installing the last of three gates he constructed with 2019 summer interns Mitchell Carter (left) and Hana Tabit (right) along with Trail Team member Mark Lavallee (far right)
Steve McGuiness is a member of the WLCT Board of Directors and Chairman of the Stewardship Committee. Steve has served as a volunteer for 7 years with the land trust and has devoted countless hours to improving our various public properties. A highlight of Steve’s craftsmanship can be found at the Westport Woods Conservation Park in the very front of the property with our newly installed gates. Steve built and installed the gates. We are grateful for his contributions.
1) What are you most thankful for in 2020?
“I’m thankful for a number of things in 2020, too many to list. Several that come to mind are the good health of my family and friends during this unusual and difficult pandemic, my three (soon to be four) grandchildren who love to visit Westport, and for Westport itself, such a great place to enjoy retirement!”
2) What motivated you to get in involved with the Westport Land Trust? And, what is your favorite aspect of WLCT’s work?
“Upon our move to Westport seven years ago, I volunteered for a WLCT Trail Clean-Up Day thinking it would be a good match with two things I’ve long enjoyed: being outdoors and doing concrete, hands-on types of projects. I was right! My enjoyment continues with involvement in stewardship projects that improve our WLCT properties. Being part of the camaraderie that has developed between and among the terrific WLCT staff and the many great volunteers has been a real bonus.“
3) When you are looking to get outside and enjoy nature, what spot in Town do you frequently go to? And, Why?
“The why is easy: I enjoy being active outdoors. I like to cycle along East Beach and Gooseberry Neck, other times around the Westport Harbor area. I live within walking distance of WLCT’s Dunham’s Brook and Herb Hadfield areas and am a frequent visitor to both. I also enjoy kayaking in the West Branch and walking along Horseneck and Cherry & Webb Beaches in all seasons. Westport has much to offer to outdoor enthusiasts; sometimes it’s hard to choose!“
I’m thankful for a number of things in 2020, too many to list. Several that come to mind are the good health of my family and friends during this unusual and difficult pandemic, my three (soon to be four) grandchildren who love to visit Westport.