Supporters: Keeping an Eye Out for Nature
New Jersey donors lay out the welcome mat for wildlife on 54 acres
Roger Di Silvestro
WHEN ANN AND PAUL LAWRENCE, former public-school educators who recently retired from their thriving consulting business, decided to build a new home on 54 acres outside Flemington, New Jersey, they wanted to soften the effects of their construction on local wildlife habitat. Ann invited David Mizejewski, NWF naturalist, to visit them and offer advice on how to manage the property “in an NWF way.”
Mizejewski outlined ways to keep the area natural. “Their property is a great example of how you can have both a magazine-worthy home and a landscape that still fits into the local ecology,” Mizejewski says.
The Lawrences have made sure their contributions to wildlife will continue for a long time through bequests to NWF and the New Jersey Audubon Society, an NWF affiliate. “NWF staff extends to the Lawrences a sincere thanks for their commitment to wildlife protection,” says Tim Brady, NWF planned giving officer. “Their bequest makes us feel like we’re a part of their family.”
Roger Di Silvestro is a senior editor at National Wildlife.