Aldo Leopold, author of the book A Sand County Almanac, wrote, "When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
In 1989, a group of Rochesterians fired by Leopold's sentiment came together to create Genesee Land Trust. Driven by their respect for the land, they established the Rochester area's local land trust working to protect native plant and wildlife habitat, wetlands, farmland, waterways and scenic and recreational areas. Now one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, the Trust is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that is supported by membership gifts, grants, and other contributions. Nearly 30 years later, with a small, professional staff led by Executive Director Gay Mills, a strong working board, an active membership, and cadre of volunteers, Genesee Land Trust is still a vital organization and growing stronger each year.
Land protection, like clean water, is important to our quality of life. Studies have shown that people who exercise outdoors-walking, jogging, or biking through natural areas-are calmer, healthier, and happier than people who exercise indoors. We all need nature!