BECOME A MEMBER
We really appreciate your support!
Your contributions help us to maintain Weston's treasured trails, fields, and vistas.
Our membership levels are as follows:
Naturalist - $35
Explorer - $70
Guardian - $100
Steward - $250
Trailblazer - $500
George Bates Society - $1000
To make a contribution via PayPal, please follow this link:
To make a contribution via credit card, which incurs a small fee for WFTA, please follow this link:
We are a 501.c.3 charitable organization and all contributions are tax deductible.
A gift of any amount is welcome!
Any amount donated over $100 will be invested in the George Bates Endowment Fund.
Pay by check
If you wish to donate by check, please make the check out to:
WESTON FOREST AND TRAIL ASSOCIATION, INC.,
print and fill out this form (PDF), and mail it to:
Weston Forest and Trail Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 665
Weston, MA 02493
George Bates Endowment Fund
Our endowment is vital to our mission.
Funding our endowment campaign
WFTA has a campaign to expand its endowment to ensure that land stewardship activities can be continued and enhanced into the future.
The role of the Weston Forest and Trail Association requires a significant amount of skilled field and office support. Nearly all of this work is currently done by volunteers. Key support activities include:
Conservation restriction and land title record keeping
Baseline field surveys which document existing conservation land and land under conservation restriction
Periodic field visits to identify encroachment
Contacting landowners and defining remedies to encroachment
Working with the town to develop the GIS system and incorporate information about conservation land and conservation restrictions into the data base
Landowner outreach and support with conservation planning
Trail system design, development, and mapping
Defining opportunities for new trails which connect or integrate existing open spaces and trails
Clearing new trails
Updating and publishing the trail map and Trail Guide
Defining priorities for land conservation, for approaching private landowners, and for initiating efforts to preserve or shape development of land
WFTA hires and pays for a professional trail maintenance person who assures the clearing and upkeep of the more than 90 miles of trails on all of Weston's conservation land.
We identify and address specific maintenance issues as they are brought to our attention.
Organizing education, social, and hiking programs
Meetings and newsletters
Currently Weston Forest and Trail is primarily dependent on annual membership dues to fund operating expenses. A larger endowment, in combination with continued growth in membership and annual gifts, will provide a more stable base of funding to support current commitments including conservation monitoring and trail maintenance. The Association also plans to hire a part-time paid staff to support the volunteers, in order to create a more sustainable organization that is less dependent on a small group of long-serving volunteers.
As you consider large gifts and bequests, we would ask you to consider supporting our initiatives to maintain Weston’s rural character for the next 50 years.
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