A Will for the Woods in Wendell
Bob Ellis lived simply in a cabin on two acres opposite the main entrance to the Wendell State Forest. He felt a profound connection to the natural world, as shown by his art work, his volunteer work, and his ultimate decision to bequeath his home to Mount Grace to be sold to support land conservation.
“If we don't take active care of our planet and its riches, we shall die—inside first, then physically,” Bob said, in reaching out to the Trust about his land. “Leaving my legacy for conservation is proof positive that I have cured my soul.”
Bob’s passing in 2013 was commemorated by his friends and neighbors with an evening of readings and memories at the Town Library. Dan Leahy, who worked with Bob and Mount Grace to negotiate the terms of the bequest, remembered Bob as wishing “to see every young person in the country learn about and care about land conservation and nature.”