Last week, the CLCC Steering Committee got together for our Annual Retreat, focusing on CLCC's Strategic Planning. It was an exciting discussion.
Strategic planning by its very nature is forward thinking -- a process of envisioning a desired future and direction for your organization. It's also about reflection. At our Retreat, we looked back at the history of CLCC and all that we have accomplished.
We were fortunate to hold our meeting at the historic Atwood Farm - the headquarters of Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust. Bequeathed to Joshua's Trust in 2012, this 68-acre farm includes a 19th century home, a barn, blacksmith's shop, and other historic outbuildings. It is quintessential New England.
When I toured the property with Joshua's Executive Director Michael Hveem late in the summer, he described the rich history associated with the property, its current use as the land trust's headquarters, and the organization's vision to open the farm to the public as a living museum in the future.
It was an inspiring visit.
Like organizational strategic planning, land preservation is as much about honoring the history of preserved land, as it is about planning for its use now and for the benefit of future generations.
And if you haven't visited Atwood Farm, give Mike a call - you are in for a treat.
Enjoy the beauty of the season.
With warmest regards,