ANDOVER VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 5097 Andover MA 01810 USA

Mission: To preserve lands in Andover for protection of natural resources and wildlife and passive recreation for the public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

AVIS has been around since 1894, preserving land and making it available for the public to enjoy. Without AVIS much of the 1,100 acres protected by them would be developed for housing or commercial purposes. This land includes meadows,forests, and wetlands that protect the environment and the plants and animals that thrive there. Thank you AVIS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the respect that citizens and elected officials in Andover have for the role it plays.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to obtain additional lands to preserve for future generations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to walk on trails in areas that are near my home but far enough from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and enthusiastic about the mission and accomplishments of AVIS

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

preserve more land for future generations and better maintain the lands that they own.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to enjoy the beautiful areas that are preserved and a better knowledge of the flora and fauna that are protected by AVIS.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting more people to enjoy the land that has been preserved (and obtaining more funds to protect more lands).

One thing I'd also say is that...

AVIS should keep up the good work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

AVIS land has provided my family and me with endless opportunities to enjoy nature at its best within walking distance of my home. We have spent countless hours hiking the miles of well-maintained trails, cross- country skiing in winter, and enjoying the sights and smells of a wide variety of protected open space. It is a treasure that Andover residents will use for decades to come.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

town meeting decisions in favor of preserving open space in the town of Andover.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase awareness of AVIS through more community outreach.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the committed volunteers and beautiful open space in town for all to enjoy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to buy open space and compete successfully with developers.

Ways to make it better...

more Andover residents were involved with AVIS.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the depletion of available open space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) provides over 30 miles of walking trails in Andover that is open to the public. I am fortunate to live not far from the Deer Jump Reservation that extends for about two and one half miles along the south bank of the Merrimack River. This beautiful reservation is used by neighbors, people from nearby Methuen, and employees at lunch hour from the nearby industrial park.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase more land and keep it protected for the people and wildlife that depend on it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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1 person found this review helpful

AVIS is one of the oldest conservation associations in the US, founded in 1894. I love to walk and there is no better Town to walk in than Andover, due in large part to AVIS and the land it has preserved. An all volunteer organization with Trustees who each assume responsibility for land management, land acquisition, fundraising, communication and/or anything else that must be done to sustain this wonderful organization. A volunteer warden assumes responsibility for maintaining each reservation and 1000 members both enjoy the reservations and provide financial support. The website www.avisandover.org was designed by volunteers. Check out AVIS website and come walk our trails.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

walking on the trails, working to acquire additional land for existing reservations and new reservations and helping with the annual appeal for land acquisition funds each year.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being in the woods and working with a wonderful team of volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

preserve another 1000 acres and double the land in its care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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1 person found this review helpful

The greatest free real estate in Andover! You can enjoy so many beautiful places--woods, rivers, and fields, and in all seasons, and for all ages! This organization, fully run by volunteers, has purchased and maintained so much open space for many to enjoy.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the beautiful open spaces and the the many committed volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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AVIS is one of the great hidden gems of Andover, providing well maintained hiking trails on reservations both large and small throughout the town. In conjunction with town conservation land, state parks, independent school land and other land trust's reservations, AVIS has kept Andover truly Green before that was a marketing tag line and has protected the open space that attracted many residents to the town in the first place. With over 1000 acres of land under management and more than 100 years of conservation history, AVIS has become an enduring thread in the town fabric. I hope anyone in the area will take a walk through the woods, along a river or in one of the meadows that make up AVIS reservations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its ability to bring together volunteers to accomplish good work without an excess of bureaucracy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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