GPC Legacy Member Highlight: Elizabeth Lathrop

Photo by Don Paulson

Great Peninsula Conservancy is excited to recognize our newest Legacy Society member, Elizabeth (Liz) Lathrop of Gig Harbor, Liz has been a supporter of local land conservation since the early days of Peninsula Heritage Land Trust, one of the four regional land trusts that merged in 2000 to form GPC.

Joining GPC’s Legacy Society is important to Liz so that both current and future generations can experience and sense what protected preserves looked like in their original state before the arrival of humans. “I feel there is a lot to be gained by exploring the creeks, rocks, flora, fauna, beaches, forests and other landforms in their original condition other than changes that have been induced by natural processes,” she said. “I want to feel that both through my involvement with GPC over the years and my final contribution per my will that I have made a difference in the way the Greater Kitsap Peninsula will look and the natural treasures it will hold for future generations.”

Liz’s parents and their generation were in their prime during the Great Depression and were more concerned with putting a roof over their heads and food on the table than conservation issues. She said that her generation had more capacity to recognize the need for conservation values and start the process of implementing them.

“I feel a strong sense of privilege and humility to be in a position to make a positive difference in the future of this area we’ve come to cherish and very much appreciate GPC’s efforts to facilitate this singular goal.”

Thank you, Liz!

The Legacy Society at Great Peninsula Conservancy honors members who have included GPC in their estate planning to protect more forests, salmon streams, shorelines, and open space, forever. Fueled by a $20,000 match, GPC launched a Legacy Challenge to increase the impact of each legacy pledge received this year. When you submit a new legacy pledge, it will activate a $1,000 donation to support GPC’s upcoming conservation projects.