For the last several years, Julie Daniel has served on our advisory council, sharing insights gleaned from leading BRING’s transformation over the last decade. We asked her why she gives to the Friends, and here’s what we learned:
“I’m proud to donate both time and money to the Friends. I’m a big fan of their ‘hands-on, do more with less’ approach to stewardship. Directly involving hundreds of volunteers really maximizes their ability to care for the land and helps people like me feel connected to this special place. I hike all over the park, especially in winter when short days and less clement weather make out of town hikes less feasible. My involvement with the Friends has deepened my appreciation for the land and made me more aware of the impact humans have had—positive and negative—over the years.
Of course, I’m terribly excited about the acquisition of Turtle Flats since those lands include the old BRING site. Restoring Turtle Flats is a wonderful opportunity as a well as a sizeable challenge, and I hope to have more time in the future to do some hands-on work removing invasive plants.”