Home / Trail Notes / 2018 Land Conservation
2018 Land Conservation

2018 Land Conservation

43,560 ft² = one square acre. It is also the amount of land that Gaard One has been able to protect and conserve, with your help, after our first six months of business (July-December 2018).
 
Thanks to our Gaardians, Gaard One is excited to announce that this new patch of protected land is located at the Belwin Conservancy in Afton, MN.
  
    
An organization built in 1970, the Belwin Conservancy was donated the initial 500 acres of land by Charlie and Lucy Bell with one goal in mind: to provide a space for an outdoor educational facility.
    
Almost 50 years later, the Belwin Conservancy now looks after nearly 1,400 acres of land...actually, make that 1,401 acres, thanks to all of the support from Gaard One customers.
      
Over 10,000 students visit the conservatory each year to learn, observe, and deepen their connection with nature. By instilling a love of nature in young minds early on, it gives the Belwin Conservancy, and Gaard One, an optimistic outlook on the future of our dwindling wilderness.
    
According to the World Wildlife Fund, we are losing 18.7 million acres of forests every year. That is equivalent to 27 soccer fields per minute.
   
   
The Belwin Conservancy is home to multiple, diverse habitats including prairie lands, oak savannas, wetlands, ponds, pine forests, streams, goat prairies, and so much more. “Prior to European settlement, there were millions of acres of prairie.
    
Today, less than 0.1% of it remains. This makes the tallgrass prairie the most endangered ecosystem on earth,” according to The Belwin Conservancy’s website.
   
Keeping these acres of wilderness well protected is not only a goal for Gaard One, but a passion. We are so incredibly lucky to be able to partner with the Belwin Conservancy to conserve our first parcel of land. We are soon hoping to have the capability to share with you more details about that land, what it looks like and the hand you had in its preservation.
   
   
One acre of land saved is a considerable step for Gaard One, but we won’t stop there. We want to know what you, our customers and our supporters, want to see us do next. Is there a patch of land that needs saving? A special place in danger of being developed? Let us know! We can’t wait to save even more wilderness as our business grows.