A community-based component of SE Trust’s work is the formation and nurturing of Friends Groups for each property.

These groups are committed to their individual property and as such are engaged in its initial and ongoing planning, stewardship, programming, and funding. These groups have significant influence and responsibility for their site. The groups function as standing committees under SE Trust’s umbrella but have regular meetings, leadership, and meaningful influence. Funds raised by these groups funnel into STPAL’s general account with the majority percentage of funds raised used on the specific property with consideration of the friends group’s wishes. The formation and nurturing of these groups are critical to reaching SE Trust’s mission goals for Conservation, Recreation, and Community.

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