A Special Note
from French & Pickering’s
Executive Director, Bill Gladden
Tragic injustices continue against people of color in America. The shocking circumstances of George Floyd’s death is just one of many. That the number of black lives affected is so great and continues to grow is a source of profound sadness, frustration, and anger around the world.
As a nonprofit conservation organization, French & Pickering typically applies words like diversity, sustainability and resiliency to our land conservation and ecological restoration work. Now, more than ever, we must keep these concepts in the forefront of our minds and actions. It is imperative that we connect and include everyone in our path forward with dignity and respect, and without discrimination.
We at French & Pickering therefore affirm our commitment to making the natural places we preserve peaceful refuges for ALL people regardless of race. We condemn acts of racism and oppression. We promise to work to permanently protect places where all can feel safe and welcome – to enjoy nature’s bounty and find peace.