OUR FIFTY-YEAR PLAN
In 2014, David and Deborah Rogers initiated a process of discerning the top priorities for the organization’s next season of life. One of several of the priorities they identified was that of property care and environmental stewardship. The vision statement that came from this process reads:
“Fifty years from now, we want the Foundation and camp property to be even healthier and more beautiful than it is today. As a part of that vision, within ten years, we want the property to be a model of stewardship, a showcase example that others will see as a testimony that speaks of the harmony that can and should exist between God’s people and his creation.”
This is an ambitious, but exciting, goal.
Early on, it became clear that it was necessary to subdivide our approach to this goal into three distinct components. These three components are different enough that they require unique research and methods. The three components are:
Land Stewardship—This component deals with managing the physical land itself. The goal is for the land, and the living things on it, to be healthier in the future than they are today, and to document this change. The basic idea is that of conservation: action on our part is required to bring the land into a state of greater health.
Water Stewardship—This component deals specifically with protecting our invaluable water resources. Unlike the methods we will employ for the land, our basic philosophical starting point will be that of preservation: our water resources are already in a state of balance, so our primary objective is to not disrupt that order through careless actions. In other words, there is not much action we can take to make our water healthier, but there are many things we might do to degrade it.
Environmental Stewardship—This component deals with subject areas that have a compelling global impact, but do not directly help or harm our property. Energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste management (including recycling), and sustainable building practices are the main areas of focus that make up this plan.