We are increasingly aware that to succeed in our mission and have the greatest impact on our community, we must engage a broader range of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, our conservation work is made stronger through diverse contributions, experiences, perspectives, and values. Our efforts to become an organization that embraces access and diversity for all will make us a stronger, more effective agent for environmental and societal good.
We also recognize that we have the resources to catalyze change and should make this a priority. BTLT has a history of developing collaborations, building trust, and rising to meet developing needs in our community. As a landowner, BTLT is uniquely situated to help redress longstanding inequities and historical injustices by recreating access that was taken away or unjustly limited in the past. In addition, we know that open space and wild places can help us come together, learn from one other, and build relationships. It is our responsibility to use the land we manage to foster this community building.
We believe it is imperative for the conservation community to build a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse movement. Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) is committed to being a leader and full partner in this transformation.
On behalf of this commitment, we will establish a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work, with a set of goals, a plan for their implementation, and clear metrics to measure our success. We will invite community input on this plan, and work to implement diverse viewpoints into the plan itself.