My love of Goshen started when we visited Woodridge Lake in 1976, purchased a lot, and built a vacation home. After spending countless summers in Goshen, Mary and I moved permanently to Goshen in 2003. It was then that I met my friend and founding member of the Goshen Land Trust (GLT), Chris Craig. I told him how I loved hiking and the outdoors and would like to help with trail work. On my first foray into the woods with Chris, he said we were going to build a bridge, and so we did! He used his woodsman skills to drop a large tree across Fox Brook which we then trimmed. It is still in use today. Much of what I’ve learned over the years about conservation, land preservation, and stewardship I owe to Chris.
In 2005 I joined the GLT Board and was promptly made Treasurer. After several years as Treasurer and Vice President, in April 2013 I assumed the position of President. I feel confident that during my service as President, the GLT made some substantial improvements. Thanks to our generous donors, we are on a solid financial footing. The acquisition of our signature property, Mountain View, was a highlight and showed that we are capable of managing a capital campaign and raising significant amounts of money. However, the highlight of my tenure has to be the achievement of national accreditation. It took almost three years and required the full participation of the Board.
After considerable soul searching, I resigned from the role of President in October 2022 handing the duties to Jim Thibault. Jim has been with the land trust for nine years and is chair of the finance committee and the land acquisition committee. He brings youth and energy to the Board and I wish him every success. I remain on the Board in a consultancy position.
I close with a big thank you to all of our dedicated donors. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with all of you and I’m honored by your commitment to save the rural character of our town.
Hello, my name is Jim Thibault and I am the new President of the Goshen Land Trust. I am taking over from the very capable hands of Barry Donaldson, who over the years helped the Land Trust grow and expand into beautiful new properties such as Mountain View, and also see the Land Trust gain accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance. Barry’s shoes will be very hard to fill, but I will do my best moving forward.
I have been on the Board of the Goshen Land Trust since 2014, so I have been around for a while. Not being particularly knowledgeable about land conservation, I have learned much over these years. And I’m sure I will learn more. My hope is that I can make use of my management and organizational skills to help the Land Trust continue to find and obtain new properties, or property easements, to the benefit of the town of Goshen and its residents.
If you have questions or would like to offer suggestions or ideas, please feel free to reach out to me directly. Use the info@GoshenLandTrust.org email address to get to me and I’ll be happy to respond. Many thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters.