A few years ago, we learned one of our members felt so passionately about conservation here in Roxbury that she gifted RLT a bequest for land acquisition.  RLT has since purchased three properties with that generous legacy gift from Joan M. McMahan.

These conservation lands further protect the integrity of Roxbury’s vital Shepaug River watershed. 

Other members felt similarly and enthusiastically shared that they wanted to donate funds to see more Roxbury land protected. However, they did not take the formal step of adding their honorable intentions to their will.  As a result, those funds were not gifted for conservation purposes. 

RLT was discussing this conundrum at a recent meeting and one of our donors created this little poem as a reminder for our “to do” lists.  We enjoyed its light-hearted spirit and hope you will too:

“If our preserves have provided some rest,

If being with nature has made you less stressed,

Consider a move that we humbly suggest:

And honor us with a most welcome bequest.”

We’re never too young or old to add a legacy gift to our favorite land trust. We just need to formalize it through a legal process. If you feel the same, please take the steps today. Thank you for your support.   

If you would like to learn more about how to add RLT to your will, see RLTWillPower (roxburylandtrust.org), contact execdirector@roxburylandtrust.org, or call 860-350-4148.