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Westchester Land Trust

March 3, 2011

My dear friend Maria Colaco who writes the blog NewYorkMom AKA PLus.Lily.Makes.Three sent me information about this great event right here in our hood on MARCH 6th!

Hope to see YOU there!

On March 6th, The Westchester Land Trust is holding  the Leon Levy Environmental Symposiumand is thrilled to confirm that legendary journalist, travel writer,world explorer, environmental activist — and Mount Kisco/ Bedford  native — Alex Shoumatoff will be the featured speaker.

The event happens Sunday, March 6th, at 3pm, at the Bedford Village Historical Hall.Admission is free and will be followed by an informal reception.

Mr. Shoumatoff is one of the most far-flung of environmental and travel writers. He writes for Vanity Fair, is a former New Yorker staff writer, has authored 10 books, and his website Dispatches From a Vanishing World is dedicated to raising consciousness about disappearing species and cultures.
A graduate of Bedford’s Rippowam-Cisqua School (and later of Harvard University),Shoumatoff credits his youth in Bedford as the primary force in making him a committed, passionate conservationist.
As a young man, he was curator of the Marsh Sanctuary in Mount Kisco and taught natural history at Rippowam-Cisqua, having inherited a love of the outdoors from his father and brother.
Appropriately, his talk is “Westchester, Bedford and the Making of a Conservationist,”and will focus on how his youth here led to his career as a writer and activist on environmental issues.
This symposium is an annual event held in honor of the late philanthropist Leon Levy, a South Salem resident who established the Jerome Levy Foundation, which provided the majority of the funding to create the Leon Levy Preserve.
The event is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are a must! RSVPs are being taken at:

For more information on this event, contact:Tom Andersen, WLT Deputy Executive Director, 914-241-6346 ext. 24

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