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April 15, 2010

I have worked with the Upper Valley Land Trust for a relatively short period of time but have been impressed with the job they do for many years. Although UVLT is only about twenty years old it now ranks amongst the largest in the country in terms of acreage persevered. The amount of work that is done each year by a small dedicated staff, a very active Board of Trustees and a large number of unpaid volunteers is quite extraordinary. Careful attention is focused on every proposed and current easement to see that each is created and maintained in keeping with the highest standards individually appropriate to each piece of property.

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

trails I have hiked and interaction with staff and volunteers.

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

unbridled enthusiasm on the part of everyone I have met.

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

always knowageable and friendly.

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

continue its work on a much larger scale to reconcile the never ending tension between development and preservation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 15, 2010

UVLT has been a delightful and professional partner in our efforts to conserve our farmland forever. We're so proud to have such a great organization doing such important work in our community.

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

the small yet professional staff, the friendly feeling that permeates the organization, and the shared sense of purpose.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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The UVLT has an incredible, creative staff that is helping individuals and communities preserve the wonderful farmlands, waterways and animal habitats that make our region such a special place to live and visit. A recent example is the conservation of a wetlands area which was being used by several nearby schools for nature studies but was up for sale to be developed - the UVLT folks persevered in arranging part of the funds to acquire the land - and their determination sparked a community response that raised the remainder, part of which was a heartwarming Christmas activity by the students, who asked their parents to give their gift to the conservation effort so they and the students who followed could continue to learn and enjoy the many aspects of the wetland. With the power of learning outside the classroom being increasingly recognized, the benefits of this effort are important and lasting!

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

the way it has reached and enhanced the life of so many people of all ages in this region, from farmers to hikers to animal lovers to folks who want to maintain the wonderful natural aspects of the region.

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

interacting with good people who are all committed to helping achieve the conservation and respectful use of our special environment.

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

absolutely the best! Jeanie McIntyre, the President, must have 36 hours in her days for all she accomplishes. Her colleagues are equally talented, dedicated and a joy for all the volunteers. And the volunteers, from all backgrounds, are totally determined

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

conserve the entire region with projects in every community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 15, 2010

INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES: 30 years in senior management and strategic planning for this global marketing communications organization, with clients that included Coca-Cola, Gillette and Goodyear. THE WISE ASSOCIATES: 16 years as president of this marketing consultancy, which helps any enterprise manage change strategically and efficiently through disciplined marketing communications. Non-profit clients include Archdiocese of New York (Catholic); Chambers of Commerce in Hanover, NH; Lebanon, NH; and Hartford VT; Lyme (NH) Historians; Great River Arts Institute (Bellows Fall, VT); Northern Stage (White River Junction, VT); Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) Often, clients expect the consultant to solve their problems. The UVLT Board of Trustees is committed to working hard, both internally and/or with an outside resource that may be required. The UVLT leadership also listens to and analyzes ideas and opinions, whether they are in agreement or not, and factor these thoughts into consensus-built decisions, an action plan and subsequent programs and events. They iteratively work with various committees and resources in building their plan of action, rather than dictating what will be done! If there is one 'constructive critique,' it would be for the organization to learn how to

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

(1 ) Having a conservation easement established for my own residential property; and (2) making the town of Lyme more aware of well-planned quality land conservation.

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

The new knowledge and insights I have gained about (1) the importance and value of land conservation in my life; and (2) how an enterprise - whether non-profit or not - can operate successfully in times of recessionary financial pressures.

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

Totally committed to the cause of land conservation with a focused passion to make things happen - fast!

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

(1) REACH more NH residents more often and more effectively to help educate; and (2) GUIDE them toward making informed land conservation decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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