February 2021 Monthly Newsletter

Ozark Land Trust’s board and staff join many of our longtime supporters in mourning the sudden passing in January of Paul Justus. Paul, along with his wife, the late Andrea Radwell, were ardent supporters of conservation and served as founders and leaders of our organization.

Paul and Andrea contributed mightily to the vision and potential of OLT, serving as a board member for over 15 years and challenging us to think expansively about how we might evolve in protecting land and addressing substantial issues such as climate change.

A number of you have offered contributions to OLT in memory of Paul, as was his legacy request. We thank you so warmly for your recognition of this very special member of our Ozarks community.

Join us on March 2 for our Members Advisory Committee debut meeting!

In 2020, OLT added a new standing Members Advisory Committee to our community outreach. Our goal is to better connect with supporters, landowners, volunteers, and others who form the extended OLT family. We want to hear from you about ways we can best fulfill our mission to conserve lands in our region.

To participate in our Tuesday, March 2, 5:00 PM Zoom Meeting, drop a note to Jessica Smith, our Administrative Associate, at [email protected] and she will send you a link for the meeting.

Recommend board and committee members; Join our June 12 Annual Meeting

Do you know people who might make a good Board or committee member for OLT? If so, drop us a note and tell us! Send Jessica Smith (email above) a note and she can send you the application form. The recommendations go to our Governance Committee who then reviews all applicants and makes nominations to the Board. And remember—we have several committees that need dedicated volunteers, so we can tailor participation to the interests of those suggested.

Our Annual Meeting is June 12, and it will be virtual again this year. We hope you can attend; watch for more info about it in your email and in this space!

Life During and After COVID

Our next Ozark Holler will focus on all the things we’ve learned and done during COVID to continue to advance conservation in the Ozarks. Learn about our newly protected lands; our partnerships with other nonprofits and agencies; our stewardship at times when personal visits weren’t always safe or advised; and how we connected with you during the past year. Look for the Holler about the time of the Annual Meeting.

Give Ozarks Day

March 24 is Give Ozarks Day and we’ll be providing you more information about that special opportunity to offer support to nonprofits like OLT that are committed to our region’s success.

For those of you who shop at Target with a Target Circle Membership, please vote for Ozark Land Trust as a nonprofit worthy of your support.

We have received thousands of votes so far and we’d love to receive recognition (not to mention financial support!) for our work. Voting will close on March 31.

Visit Target.com and set your store location to any Target within the Ozarks region to help us benefit from Target’s generosity.

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