Dear NRLT friends and supporters,
The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is grateful to be a part of a supportive, generous, and compassionate community and we are committed to working with you through this challenging time. As reports about the spread of COVID-19 continue to unfold, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, partners, and the larger community.
We are taking the CDC’s guidance for increased social distancing seriously (with those who are most at risk at the forefront of our decision) and have put in place precautionary measures for the immediate future.
Specifically, we are taking the following steps in response to COVID-19:
- NRLT’s spring events have been postponed at least through the middle of April. This includes our Stewardship Volunteer Days, Godwit Days birding walk, and Libations for Donations event at Phatsy Kline’s. You can visit our Upcoming Events page for more updated information. Once the risk of group gatherings has passed, we will do all we can to reschedule these events so that we can be together out on the land.
- In an effort to “flatten the curve” and protect those who are most at risk, staff will primarily be working remotely through the end of March and possibly beyond. We hope this precautionary step will serve to protect our immediate community, as well as those in neighboring regions. Staff will continue to be available to support you and answer questions. Though we will be checking voicemail regularly, our phone activity will be limited – please email us to make sure we get your message. Please note that it may take longer to respond and we thank you in advance for your understanding! Contact information for specific staff can be found on our Staff page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward your message to the appropriate staff member.
- During these stressful times, with so much changing daily, it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and one another. Getting outdoors and staying active are great ways to keep healthy – for body and mind. NRLT remains committed to providing continued access to the outdoors at our Freshwater Farms Reserve. We plan to maintain our regular open hours so individuals and families can continue to experience our valuable open spaces in our region.
It is in these moments that we are reminded of the importance of community and our responsibility to support and take care of each other. If you are able, please reach out to your loved ones and neighbors to ask for or offer any help. Find health and safety resources from the Centers for Disease Control here.
Thank you all for your patience and support.
All of us at the Northcoast Regional Land Trust