As so many have said before me, 2016 was a pretty wild year. Politically, socially, economically – in the cattle industry, the market took some turns for the worse (although it does look like it’s bouncing back). And yet, Diablo Trust has had a great year.
We started with our Annual Meeting at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and then had four Days on the Land on the Flying M and –T– ranches, two film viewings, an Annual Campout on the rim of Diablo Canyon, and a very joyful Christmas party. Diablo Trust is built on the principles of collaboration, education, and conservation, and we strive for our events to promote and enhance these values. At the start of my third year with the Trust, I think I’m really getting the hang of it!
For all of our activities, which will only improve in 2017, the number of which I am most proud is the amount of donations we received throughout the year. Both ranches contribute on a regular basis and provide most of the funding for Diablo Trust, but in 2016 we had over 80 unique donors, totaling nearly $50,000 in donations. It is that kind of money that keeps us going – it is difficult to quantify successes for Diablo Trust, because it really comes down to the growth and continued progress of the Flying M and Bar T Bar ranches, which are private businesses, but when you truly care about a mission like ours, you can learn to see the successes where they happen. We can show support for sustainable public land management and forward-thinking ranchers by purchasing their products, using the land in conservation-minded ways, and engaging in discussions pertaining to the best ways to conserve our shared lands, animals, and resources.
The plan for 2017 is still in the works at the time of this writing, but we do have some events planned for the first part of the year; the upcoming Annual Meeting is looking to be another great success. A field trip is planned in March to the Vermilion Cliffs to tour the condor center, and we have over a dozen other trips and events on the calendar, not to mention monitoring sessions, films, and book club meetings. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or checking www.diablotrust.org/calendar.
2017 promises to be a year of growth, progress, and taking even bigger steps to make this world one on which we enjoy living. I hope to see so many more of you at our events throughout the year, and please don’t hesitate to drop me a call or email. We are a community, and communication is the best way for a community to grow.
Jeremy D. Krones, Program Manager
Office: 210 Peterson Hall, Northern Arizona University
Contact: (928) 523-0588 or firstname.lastname@example.org