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Discover Flanders Mansion and Mission Trail Nature Preserve - Nature and Historical Walks and Talks

Join us nature and historical walks through Mission Trail Nature Preserve!

Check back for future walk dates.

The walks begin at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Mission Trail Nature Preserve across from Carmel Mission on Rio Road in Carmel.  There is ample parking available on Rio Road.  The walks end about 1:00 p.m.

Reservations required.  Please call 831-626-3826 to reserve your space.

The walks are led by Melanie Billig, President of Flanders Foundation, and Joyce Stevens, local environmentalist, who will discuss the history and biology of the park, including Flanders, and the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, bring a brown bag lunch and a sun hat.  Complimentary cold drinks will be provided by the Foundation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Garden Party

The Foundation holds an annual garden party to thank all of its members and supporters.  Guests are updated on Foundation activities and future plans for the organization. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are not a member, please join so that you can attend this very special event!

You may use the form above or provide the information on a separate piece of paper.  Please mail to:

Flanders Foundation
P.O. Box 1414
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA  93921

Thank you for your support!

April 2009 Letter to Our Members and Friends

Dear Foundation Members & Friends of Flanders,

This year our foundation celebrates its 11th Anniversary as an organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and preservation of our beautiful Mission Trails Nature Preserve/Park and the Flanders Mansion, one of our community's only 2 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Due to your generous help and support, we were able to prevent the illegal sale of these valuable and irreplaceable community assets by the city in 2007.  After a lot of hard work on our part and supporters like you, we received a very favorable ruling by Judge O'Farrell.  We celebrated our big legal victory and now we are once again preparing for the city's next step.

This year looks to be the big year of council decision-making on the sale of Flanders and with it the heart of Mission Trails Nature Preserve.  The city was required by the court to revise its Environmental impact Report and we have recently submitted our comments. The city's intent expressed in the EIR is still to sell the park property.

We however remain willing to work with the city not only to restore Flanders, but also Mission Trails Nature Preserve.  These park assets are in dire need of attention.  We continue to believe that the mansion would provide a much needed smaller scale community cultural and natural history venue for hosting small exhibits, poetry readings, book reviews, small lectures, etc.  It could be made available to other community non-profits as well.  Over the years. hundreds of residents and visitors have joined us on our walks and have come to know and greatly appreciate the beautiful open space of the park and mansion.  It is our goal to have our nature and historic walks become an integral part of an overall natural history and cultural program at Flanders.

Again, as difficult economic times revisit our state and local economy, we must save our city's assets and not allow them to be sold because the city claims that the economic down turn requires it.  Our city has over $10 million in reserves and the budget was $1.2 million in the black last year.  Certainly there is money to maintain our parks.  The city of Carmel must develop new long term stable sources of revenue.  It has failed to do for the last 9 years.  It also has not sought out grants that have been available to either restore or assist in maintenance.  Instead it prefers to sell precious city assets ---including our parkland.  ONCE our parkland, open space and historic resources are sold they are gone forever.

Your membership renewal, donation, or new membership will support our continuing efforts to prevent the sale and will be critical to the long term successful restoration, preservation and protection of our parkland and historic assets in Mission Trails Nature Preserve.  We thank you so much for your past support and if you are a new member we welcome you and thank you for joining the cause!  Please be as generous as you can.  All donations and memberships are tax deductible.

Warmest Regards,

Melanie Billig
President, Flanders Foundation

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
info@flandersfoundation.org

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Home | Foundation History | Mission Statement | Vision Statement | Park and Mansion History

Activities | Environmental & Legal Issues | Act Now | Community Support | Photo Gallery


Flanders Foundation
P.O. Box 1414
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
info@flandersfoundation.org

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