How We Began
The Tree-Land Foundation, Inc.
began with a newspaper
article written by Bob Martin, a bike shop owner and Boy Scout
volunteer. In the article, Martin
reminisced about his outdoor Scouting experiences in the ‘50’s.
Calvin Klopp owned a small farm in
article noted that the majority of the places Scouts can camp today don’t
allow open fires, hand-dug latrines, “trenching” around tents to divert
rainwater or a lot of the activities he fondly remembered.
“Kids today don’t have the opportunities for the kinds learning
experiences and happy memories we did,” Martin said.
His article “wished out-loud” that such properties were available to young people today.
years later, Charles Klein, a landscape architect, entered the bike shop with a
copy of Martin’s article that he’d saved.
He proposed acting on Martin’s wish, and they discussed some
possibilities how it could be done.
a meeting with a variety of supportive business and outdoor
professionals, Klein and Martin found out about an elderly couple in Florida
who had expressed interest to many government and non-government organizations
about donating 80 acres of land they owned in Myersville, Frederick County,
Maryland, but which they didn’t want ever to be developed.
Klein and Martin wrote a letter to the Bullivant family and sent
Martin’s article. Their son,
William, had been an Eagle Scout in Myersville and camped many times on his
family’s land. The Bullivants
liked the proposal and began working with Klein and Martin to make the donation.
Bullivants donated the property to the newly formed, non-profit Tree-Land
Foundation, Inc. on the day after Christmas, 1995.
Our Philosophy - R. Martin
"If you want to touch the past... touch a stone.
If you want to touch the present... touch a tree.
If you want to touch the future... touch a child."
WITH GREAT APPRECIATION: This website was designed and created for Tree-Land Foundation by the delightful Beatriz Wallace, an intelligent, very talented and lovely woman who's a student at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. Thank you, Bea!
Last modified: August 05, 2005