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 the 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, 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. Over 20 years later, with a small professional staff led by Executive Director Gay Mills, a strong working board, an active membership and cadre of volunteers, the Genesee Land Trust is still a vital organization and growing stronger each year.
We understand that land protection, like clean water, is important to our quality of life. In fact, 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!