Annual Meeting May 2

Honoring Lifetime Groton Conservationists: The Taplin Family
May 2, 7 PM, Media Conference Center, Lawrence Academy Campus
The Trust is honored to have Tom and Carl Taplin present at our May 2 Annual meeting to receive our Conservation Appreciation Award for 2018.  The designation honors a lifetime of conservation efforts in Groton by the Taplin family through donations of property.  The Taplin Wildlife Sanctuary (so named because of the many species they saw right from their window), Skinner Forest (named for dear friend Joseph Skinner) and Skitapet (donated by the Skinner Family, but named to honor lifetime Groton friends: Taplin, Skinner and Peterson families) were gifts to commemorate the joy they all remembered as they and their children roamed the woods and fields near Lost Lake.

Most recently, the estate of Mrs. Virginia Taplin donated the largest cash gift to the Trust in our history.  President Ted Lapres noted, “The Taplins and Skinners were so close and both families were remarkable philanthropists in the cause of Groton conservation. Our town has been so fortunate to have had the Taplins care so deeply about the long term care of conservation land.” He also noted the Trust will explore all possibilities to fully honor the Taplin legacy and that the gift will enable the Trust to move forward on key conservation projects.

Please join us at the May 2 Annual Meeting, 7:00 PM. You are also welcome to join a walk along the Skinner Forest with views into the Taplin Wildlife Sanctuary, beginning at 5:00 PM. We will meet at the home of trustee Holly Estes.  Parking is available on Amanda’s Way off Route 40.  Please contact Holly for information and to RSVP for the walk.

Location is at the Media Conference Center at Lawrence Academy. Parking is available at the top of the new drive off 119, and at the First Parish church lot.  Handicap parking is available right in front of the building on Schoolhouse Road in the middle of campus.