By Clark Gerhardt
ood River Land Trust iscontinually reviewing itsstrategy, the center of which is towork with private landowners to pro-tect the valley’s open spaces, wild-life habitat, river health, and farmand ranch lands. In addition, weincreasingly find ourselves workingwith federal, state, and local publicofficials and planning staff. Localofficials and planning departmentsrecognize the immense value of thelands we have permanently pro-tected and seek to protect additionallands, waters, and the rural lifestylewe enjoy. To this end, elected offi-cials and agency staff often seek theprofessional expertise of Wood RiverLand Trust staff. This consultationhas recently cast our work in a morevisible light than in the past, andhas sometimes brought a measure of controversy. In questioning whetherthis is appropriate, we as an orga-nization consider where the WoodRiver Valley is in comparison toother mountain resort areas.Fortunately, the Wood RiverValley is in a favorable position com-pared to Vail, Aspen, Park City, andothers, and we have a unique chance
WHO WE ARE
Major GiftsOfficerRobyn Watson
Robyn’s career has includedinterior design, televi-sion production, and eventcoordination, but she findsnon-profit fundraising themost fulfilling. Originally from Oklahoma, her love of the land comes from growing up riding horses on herfamily’s cattle ranch and spending her college years onColorado’s ski slopes. Having visited the Wood RiverValley on and off for the past 25 years, Robyn looksforward to combining her passion for fundraising andnature and to making the valley home for her little dog,Dixie, and herself.to “get it right.” But it is a constantchallenge—a challenge Wood RiverLand Trust is well-equipped to meet.We have broad and active supportfrom locals and second homeownerswho rely on us to help protect theplaces where they live, love to visit,or to which they plan to retire. Wealso have an excellent professionalstaff who do the heavy lifting on adaily basis and who achieve amazingresults.Success builds upon success, andI am happy to begin my tenure asBoard President after John Flattery’s3 years of hard work and leadership.But we can’t be successful in ourwork without you. On behalf of theBoard, I thank you for your commit-ment to protecting our natural areas,healthy waters, and wildlife habitat.I hope you will continue your sup-port—there is more to be done thanever. Together we can be part of avibrant community.
Meet Our New Staff M
There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for itsoutlines all our lives. — Josephine Hart