Kathy Treanor was instrumental in establishing the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC), a non-profit that grew into reality around the Treanors' dining room table in 1989. Encompassing a 9-county* region, the overarching goal of PLC is to preserve the Piedmont's natural resources (reference). Some of the PLC's nearly 20,000 protected acres are for public use: Price Park, Weaver Bridge and the Lake Brandt Greenway are examples. Some land is farmed privately, but protected from future development: Goad Lady Dairy, Fern Hill Farm. Over the last twenty two years, Ms. Treanor has worked tirelessly, ensuring that future generations in the Piedmont have open space to enjoy, a clean water supply, and habitat for wildlife.
Ms. Treanor's passion for land preservation stems from the fact that her ancestors were farmers in America dating back to the late 18th century. Today, her 1797 family homeplace in Union Mills, MD, is an historic landmark as well as a museum of American culture (reference). Since her arrival to Greensboro in 1970, Ms. Treanor has been an ardent environmentalist. While she has recently retired as Executive Director of the PLC, Ms. Treanor is still involved in the organization's fine work. Her 2005 book, forever these lands, is a great reference and a way to enjoy the PLC's protected lands in the comfort of your home.
Today is ABC Wednesday and T is for Treanor, Kathy Treanor-- the latest in our People of Greensboro series. The above photo was taken in Ms. Treanor's back yard, a botanist's delight nestled between Friendly Avenue and Holden Road. For upcoming PLC events (including one TOMORROW) click here.
*Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.