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Willcox Watershed Conservancy

A Nice Day for a Walk in the Park

Four members of the James River Hikers joined several Willcox Watershed Conservancy board members Saturday morning, October 21, for a guided walking tour of Lee Park. (l. to r.) R. F. Burke Steele, IV, Suzanne Wright, Terese Donovan, Tim Wright, Bob Hicks, Erin Lewis, Kate Short, B Brown, Pam Covil, Cleve Wright and (kneeling) Stephanie […]

A Message from the President

RF Burke Steele IV

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the opportunity to serve as President of the Willcox Watershed Conservancy. It is a great honor to follow in the footsteps of my grandmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Steele, to continue efforts in establishing Lee Memorial Park as a world class preserve for recreation and education. I look forward to working with our board, the community and friends of the park to accomplish great things in Lee Memorial Park this year.

This past year has been a big year for fundraising. We want to extend a special thanks to the Rotary clubs who participated in the grant for Lee Park this year – Colonial Heights, Petersburg [Breakfast], Petersburg [Lunch], and Prince George. I would also like to extend a special thanks to Bettie Guthrie, The Cameron Foundation, and The Petersburg Garden Club for their fundraising efforts to make the Wildflower and Bird Sanctuary restoration project possible for 2018. The Petersburg Garden club raised roughly $40,000, which will be matched by a Cameron Grant of $40,500 plus two additional grants of $6,000 each that will fund The Wildflower & Bird Sanctuary Project. We have a big year ahead with a great opportunity to further our mission with the restoration and conservation efforts, which are going to be underway shortly.

This year is going to be a big year for activity and volunteerism in Lee Memorial Park. We are working on getting a schedule together for guided tours, volunteer days and one or two special events. You can expect to hear more from us on this matter in early 2018. We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you in the park this year. Please look us up online at www.leeparkpetersburg.org for more information.

Richard Floyd Burke Steele IV, President
Willcox Watershed Conservancy