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Garden Club honors Morgan for Land Trust efforts

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Mary Helen Morgan (right) was recognized by the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula for her strong leadership over the past 12 years to ensure the creation and long term commitments of the Middle Peninsula Land Trust. Above, Marilyn South (left) presents the award to Morgan.

On June 11 the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula recognized Mary Helen Morgan of Saluda for her strong leadership over the past 12 years to ensure the creation and long-term commitments of the Middle Peninsula Land Trust.

The trust was founded in 1997 to protect and preserve for the benefit of the public, the natural, scenic and historical resources of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties. Through Morgan’s leadership, the trust has protected thousands of acres, and reached hundreds of landowners with information on easements and other conservation options, said garden club member Marilyn South.

Workshops have been organized to educate landowners, attorneys, accountants and other professionals on the tax and estate benefits of land conservation.

Public access has been secured in Mathews County through donations and grants. Recently, Mathews County has added financial support for conservations easements to their budget.

The Middle Peninsula Land Trust has participated in the development of a regional plan for sustainable economic development, the creation of the Dragon Run Watershed Special Management Plan, and the activities of the Middle Peninsula Conservation partnership.

“The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula is proud to have a program that recognizes the efforts of citizens and organizations that contribute to the long-term beautification, preservation, restoration and conservation of the Middle Peninsula,” said South.

In 2007, the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula initiated their program to recognize outstanding examples of beautification, conservation and preservation or restoration in the Middle Peninsula. Neighborhoods, businesses, service clubs, organizations, institutions and individuals are eligible for the award.

posted 06.23.2009

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