Granby Land Trust celebrates community partnerships at Annual Meeting

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Amy Blaymore Paterson, executive director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, presented the Council’s Excellence in Conservation Organization Award to the Granby Land Trust for our work in collaborating with the Town of Granby and the Friends of Holcomb Farm to permanently preserve 277 acres at Holcomb Farm; and our collaboration with the Salmon Brook Historical Society to preserve the 45-acre Wilcox Family Homestead. These two abutting properties are located in the West Granby Historic District on Simsbury Road in West Granby. All photos by Doreen McWhirter
At its annual meeting on Oct. 15, the Granby Land Trust awarded the 2023 Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust Award—the GLT’s highest honor—to longtime GLT members Mark and Barb Wetzel. Mark has served on the GLT Board of Directors for more than 20 years, has served as its vice president, and lends his extensive financial expertise to the board. The Wetzels have always been devoted supporters of the Granby Land Trust Art Show and recently helped the Land Trust reach its GLT Holcomb Farm Stewardship Fund goal. From left, Rick Orluk, Mark Wetzel and Put Brown.
New GLT members Meg and Buck Jabaily and their children, Cadence and Wyatt, attended their first GLT Annual Meeting.
The GLT awarded the Ann Pelka Unsung Hero award to longtime board member Leslie Judge for her years of dedication to the Granby Land Trust. Judge serves as the board’s secretary and helps the organization in a myriad of other ways. We are grateful for her service. From left, Leslie Judge, Dave Emery and Rick Orluk.