It's All About the Land: The Dedication of The Elliot Preserve

 

Late last month, on a picture perfect day, I had the pleasure of joining the Clinton Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) and a crowd of town residents as they celebrated the dedication of The Elliot Preserve.  The 18 acres bordering the Indian River had been in the Elliot Family since the 1640’s.  

After 375 years, Lucy Elliot honored both her family and the land by donating it to the land trust.  And the best part?  We all had a chance to meet Lucy Elliot and thank her for her generosity and foresight in protecting the land she loves.  

President Mike Houde summed it up best when he said, “Land trusts and conservation organizations all over the country are working to protect land. The Elliot Family has preserved and protected this beautiful land for generations, and with Lucy Elliot’s gift the land will continue to be preserved.  After all the tax forms, insurance bills and seemingly endless paperwork involved in operating a land conservation organization, in the end it is all about the land.”  (See the full text of Mike’s remark’s below)

For the CLCT, like land trusts everywhere, this celebration validates the hard work that they put in every day, all year round, to ensure that special places are conserved forever. 

In this season of gratitude, we give thanks to each and every one of you, for all you do now to conserve lands so rich in history for the benefit of future generations.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at CLCC.

CLCT President Michael Houde’s welcome address at the dedication of The Elliot Preserve, October 31, 2015

This property was acquired by the Elliot family in the 1640’s from Uncas, the Mohegan chief. Those were difficult times for the native culture and for the Europeans, who had just arrived. The native people were trying to deal with a small pox plague that had come down the east coast and was decimating the native populations. This plague happened just prior to the arrival of the first Europeans, creating a great deal of insecurity for their culture.  The Europeans also felt insecure trying to find a foothold in the new world. The native culture and the European culture were diametrically opposite in their values and their perception of the world, except for one important thing: the land.  

Europeans and Native Americans were both land-based cultures—the Europeans were farmers and the native people were farmers and hunter-gatherers—their survival was dependent on the land, and they valued it greatly. 

Fast forward 375 years and another culture, the conservation culture, has the land as their focus. Land trusts and conservation organizations all over the country are working to protect land. The Elliot Family has preserved and protected this beautiful land for generations, and with Lucy Elliot’s gift the land will continue to be preserved.

After all the tax forms, insurance bills and seemingly endless paperwork involved in operating a land conservation organization, in the end it is all about the land.  

Read more about The Elliot Preserve donation HERE.