Letter: Grant will enhance wildlife sanctuary

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To the editor:

Earlier this year, Lenox residents voted to approve a $300,000 grant recommended by the Lenox Community Preservation Committee to support major upgrades to Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary's 1790 barn. The barn is one of the oldest structures still standing in Lenox, and this funding will help make it a fully accessible, year-round program and camp space. The improvements requested for the property will provide exceptional benefits to both individuals and groups visiting the sanctuary in terms of access, safety, and amenities. The upgrades to the facilities will also allow continued growth of nature-based educational opportunities, thereby delivering on the organization's mission and securing Pleasant Valley as a unique outdoor destination in Berkshire County.

As chairman of Mass Audubon's Berkshire Advisory Committee and a partner in educational programming as a program director for Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, I can attest to benefits that this project will provide. On behalf of the Advisory Committee, I want to express deep gratitude for the support that has been received thus far from the community.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. We are excited about the opportunities this celebration has allowed in bringing thousands of people from the community to the sanctuary. We hope that the continued support of our friends will help us to reach the goal of enhancing accessibility and protecting one of Berkshire County's most beautiful properties for generations to come.

Steve Daoust,

Pittsfield

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