The Sawyer Preservation Woodlot Association is a registered non-profit corporation dedicated to serving as a
"trustee and guardian" for the 28.61 acre Sawyer Woodlot. At the present time, the general membership numbers
about 80 individuals -- from which a board of directors is appointed to oversee the day-to-day operations. Additionally,
various committees support the directors by focussing on specific aspects of woodlot management, operations, public relations
and other initiatives. All positions are voluntary -- no salaries are paid. The association is guided by the vision of the founder
and benefactor, Otis Sawyer (1899-1996).
The primary responsibility of the group is to manage this woodlot so as to ensure its health and well-being while making it
an educational and people-friendly place. Priority efforts are to perpetuate the diverse composition of this woodlot -- one
typical of those dotting our countryside for the past hundred or more years. Many woodlots are in decline due to
mismanagement, lack of management and attack by humans and disease. Our woodlots cannot be allowed to disappear
-- they must be preserved and enhanced for future generations.
Education is a major direction for the association. School children participate in organized visits to the woodlot as
part of their science and environmental studies. Specific attention is paid to the various species and the interaction between
each, and the importance of woodlots (large and small) to our planet. As a demonstration woodlot, various adult groups and
individuals are invited to tour the property. In our promotion of
stewardship, they gain insight on what we are doing, with the hopes that more protected natural properties will
evolve across the country.
If your group would like to visit the Sawyer Preservation Woodlot for a guided tour, we ask that you
contact us to make arrangements. We would be pleased to be your host.