Jan Turner (left) and Anne Marie Deconti (right) have been two of the Tuesday Trail Team’s best new recruits this summer
How did you decide to volunteer with the Tuesday Trail Team?
Anne Marie and I joined the group of volunteers at the same time. We have often worked at the same sites together and have really enjoyed our ‘tasks’.
Growing up on a dairy farm here in Westport, I came to love Nature with its amazing tranquil and healing properties. I learned Nature is giving but also needs replenishing and respect. To help others enjoy and find pleasure in our open fields and wooded trails, I decided to become a volunteer for the WLCT. It has, and is, proving to be rewarding work shared with other wonderful and friendly volunteers!
Westport’s rural beauty and open spaces was one of the reasons that I decided to move here in September, 2019. By volunteering with the Trail Team, I felt that I could actively participate in preserving this. It was also a great opportunity to meet likeminded people in the community.
What have you learned about the Westport Land Conservation Trust since you started volunteering that you didn’t know before?
Prior to joining the Trail Team, I was not aware of the extent of the Land Trust’s holdings or it’s commitment to local farmers and involvement with artists. There is significant investment in land conservation but also in maintaining access for the public. I am so impressed by what it has achieved which is a testament to the dedication of the staff and the appreciation of the community.
WLCT is a group of hard working, dedicated individuals who strive to maintain and preserve Westport’s most valuable resource—Nature’s Beauty.