Dedication & Mission
The mission of the Margaret and Luke Pettit Environmental Preserve, Inc. is to act as guardian and steward for land under its auspices; to responsibly conserve the land; and, to judiciously use the land for education and research.
The Preserve is dedicated to the living spirit of Margaret and Luke Pettit. Their gifts of nurture, appreciation and respect for life are the seeds, water and sunshine of this land’s legacy and promise.
Feeling strongly that our outdoor heritage is a legacy that should be preserved for future generations, Gay Dellinger and her children gave 60 acres of forest and lake ecosystem in 1999 and The Margaret and Luke Pettit Environmental Preserve, Inc. (the “Preserve”) was formed. The Preserve is a private, nonprofit corporation and having perpetual duration seeks:
To provide a nature preserve for environmental studies; To provide a safe haven for endangered species; To provide a research area of educational and scientific value; and, to provide an outdoor teaching laboratory of educational and scientific value.
With open space disappearing at an accelerating rate, the Preserve is an opportunity for children to experience the joy of land in its natural state for the study of living laboratory for the study of living and non-living entities. All activities within its boundaries seek to limit the impact of humankind and preserve the natural balance of this area.