Tom Peirce routing a trail sign post at the Westport Woods Conservation Park land stewardship workshop circa 2020
Tom Peirce has been a regular Tuesday Trail Team volunteer for almost a year and a half. Tom is currently working with our staff to add some finishing touches to the interpretive space at the George Kirby House–a space that will one day host public programs for the land trust. A Westport resident of many years, Tom and his family are passionate about land conservation and are involved with several other charitable pusuits in Town. Thank you Tom!
1) Why did you decide to volunteer for the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) Tuesday Trail Team? And how long have you been part of the Team?
“Most of my professional career took place indoors, in “closed” areas or buildings, where I was only infrequently aware, when passing a window, of what was going on outdoors. It could have been midday in July or midnight in January, my surroundings were always the same. When I retired I was determined to spend a lot of time outdoors working at something, preferably in a community volunteer setting, to try to recover a kid’s sense of the outside again, of the weather and the changing seasons. I knew of the WLCT, but was only vaguely aware of the various properties and heard about the trail team through my wife, Tanja, after she ran into Brendan in 2019. It seemed like the perfect job.
2) What have you learned about WLCT that you didn’t know before volunteering?
3) What’s been your favorite volunteer activity with the Trail Team so far?
Tom using a jig he constructed for the 2020 sign post project
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