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  • Maryland/DC chair Joe Lipscomb was first introduced to The Nature Conservancy and its preserves in Ohio, where his mother Barbara served as a volunteer trustee for more than 30 years.
  • Morgan Swamp Preserve is one of 11 natural areas that benefited greatly from Barbara Lipscomb's efforts as chair of the $1 million “Ohio Lands Forever” campaign in the 1980s.
  • After graduating from college, Joe became involved with the Conservancy's local chapter on New York's Shelter Island. He and his wife even arranged a tour of Mashomack Preserve as part of their wedding festivities.
  • Block Island's designation as one of the Conservancy's Last Great Places lured Joe and his future wife there for a visit before they were married, and they keep returning.
  • "We regularly go out hiking along the Potomac on Bear Island," says Joe. You may also see kayakers and rock climbers when you venture into the Potomac Gorge.
  • The Lipscombs have also enjoyed exploring western Maryland's Sideling Hill Creek Preserve and Cranesville Swamp Preserve (pictured here), which stretches into northern West Virginia.
  • “I’m trying to get my kids actually out into the environment more," explains Joe. The family's backpacking adventures started with 2- to 3-day trips on West Virginia's Dolly Sods plateau.
  • The Lipscombs spent about five days trekking along the West Coast Trail in Canada's Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
  • Rainforest meets ocean on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Maryland/DC staffers have encouraged Joe's interest in international conservation projects. 
  • Andros Island in the Bahamas offers an unspoiled backdrop for boating and fishing. “Andros is another of those places where you go and can’t imagine a place like that still exists because it’s so pristine," says Joe.
  • "Looking at this incredible natural environment as far as the eye can see — it’s wonderful to experience yourself, but even more wonderful to experience through the eyes of your kids,” Joe says. Return to story.
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