Director’s Notes: Focusing Our Impact

Director’s Notes: Focusing Our Impact

Jill Ryan, Executive Director

Reducing the dangers to the environment posed by drilling for gas miles below the Earth’s surface, managing impacts that result from too much carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere, cleaning up after a crude oil spill and the list could continue. Such a list can make me feel as though it’s all out of my control!

However, what I’ve learned from decades in nonprofit and environmental work is that the more we can each focus on our piece of the work, the more we can create a collective impact that makes a real difference to the communities, waters, wildlife and sense of place we work to protect. As the news and even this newsletter can bring us stories of major impacts to our environment, we needn’t feel discouraged. The beauty of the stories is that they each have their heroes and heroines working to ensure that their particular piece of the collective puzzle receives the care it needs.

As you may become overwhelmed by the depth of the issues around us, remember that we only need take on what we can and others will do the same. Collectively, our local impacts will paint an amazing mosaic through our individual local impacts. I hope the stories in this issue inspire you through the amazing work groups and individuals are undertaking and make you feel truly part of a larger community all working to make our region a special place far into the future.

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance—and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
– Oprah Winfrey



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