Land & Legacy Society Member Spotlights
We appreciate the generosity of all our Land & Legacy Society members! Here are some of their perspectives on creating a legacy with Big Sur Land Trust.
It’s very fulfilling. To see all the work the land trust has been able to do over the years and to see all this come about. — Zad Leavy
We were able to persevere on something that turned out to be very important. That to me is what stands out in my heart. — Laela Leavy
I helped start Ohio’s Western Reserve Land Conservancy, so Sandra and I bring a unique understanding and appreciation for the importance of BSLT’s mission,” Bruce Merchant explains. “I am grateful to BSLT for preserving land throughout our county in an ‘unpaved’ state. That’s what land trusts are for. It starts with the land – but it goes beyond just acquiring property. Long-term stewardship is critical to the health of our region’s spectacular landscapes. Big Sur Land Trust has played a critical role in preserving many of the open spaces that make living in, or visiting this area, so desirable. — Bruce Merchant
BSLT’s youth programming is essential. It’s really important to get kids out on the land – especially those who have little or no familiarity with natural open spaces. Experiencing the care and wonder of nature is something that has to be modeled and learned so that local youth can become future conservationists.” In addition to being long-time volunteers, Bruce and Sandra are also members of BSLT’s Land & Legacy Society. “Including BSLT in our estate planning was a practical choice,” Sandra explains. “We are dedicated supporters, but we may not always be able to make regular, annual donations. So, we decided to select a few beneficiaries as legacy recipients. It’s a great option to consider! — Sandra Reel