To the Editor:

On May 30 the Kent Land Trust held its 10th annual Memorial Day Community Conservation Picnic.

For the first time, the weather prevented an outdoor celebration. The First Congregational Church came to our rescue by offering their Parish Hall. We are enormously grateful for their generosity, which enabled us to offer barbecue lunch, crafts, and great information to more than 200 community members.

Thanks to underwriters Darcy and Dan Frisch, Erica and Jeff Keswin, Jane and Chuck Klein, Lynn Perry and Michael Hallows, and Alice and Jim Hicks. Their generous contributions made it possible to provide this cherished community event free of charge.

Crafts and information centered around the theme of “the Birds and the Bees,” highlighting the critical importance of supporting habitat for native pollinators, and current citizen-science initiatives to collect data on birds in the region.

Exhibitors from the community joined to share their conservation-related activities and accomplishments.

Fifty-five volunteers from the KLT Board and Kent community organized the event, served food and hosted activities.

We thank John Baker, Liddy Baker, Mike Benjamin, Karen Bussolini, Deborah Chabrian, Aiden Cherniske, Darrell Cherniske, Kasey Clark, Michael Danon, Beth Dooley, Laurie Doss, Joe Dubray, Curtis Ek, Carol Franken, Elaine Freeman, Dan Greenbaum, Victoria Hamilton, Megan Haney, Chris Harrington, George Hetson, Claire Irving, Brent Kallstrom, Lindsey Kerr, Maria LaFontan, Abigail LaFontan, Olivia LaFontan, Ava Lee, Kathi Lee, Adam Manes, Gabrielle Martinez, Hilary Merrill, Donna Miller, Peter Montgomery, Wendy Murphy, Jack Nelson, Lynn Perry, Judy Pinkerton, Jack Rafferty, Nancy Rafferty, Elle Raftery, Audra Regan, Laura Rothschild, Lorry Schiesel, Tom Sebring, Astrid Seufert, Ken Seufert, Marge Smith, Maureen Smith, Tonya Taylor, Steve Vaughn, Judy Warrick, Matt Winter, Nancy O'Dea Wyrick, Juliana Yang and Sally Zunino.

We are grateful to picnic chairwoman Janet Nelson, and activities captains Melissa Cherniske, Lindsey Kerr, Alice Hicks and Gwynne Seufert for their organization and coordination.

Thanks also to local businesses Backcountry Outfitters, Kent True Value Hardware, Davis IGA, Kent Conservation Commission, Kent Historical Society, Kent Memorial Library, Marble Valley Farm, Marvelwood School, South Kent School, Mountain View Farm, Eric Sloane Museum and Montgomery Gardens, and Kent’s Cub and Boy Scouts for their contributions.

It is heartwarming to see our community join together in caring for our natural resources and rural quality of life in Kent.

Thank you, and happy summer. Let’s keep Kent rural … forever!

Bill Arnold

President

Connie Manes

Executive Director

Kent Land Trust