Jim Moffett, a Natural Lands Trust volunteer, works to improve Pennsylvania’s nature and wildlife preserves
With a pair of clippers in one hand and a camera resting on his hip, Jim Moffett surveys the land that makes up the Green Hills Preserve, a 168-acre Natural Lands Trust preserve in Mohnton, Pa. As he walks through the field and into the woods along a trail he helped create, he identifies plants and frequently pauses to snap a picture of a bird resting on a tree limb or telephone wire. Natural Lands Trust works to preserve land from development, and since it began land restoration work at Green Hills Preserve in 2012, Moffett has installed 14 bluebird boxes, and maintains about 70 species of native grasses and wildflowers.
Moffett became interested in land preservation after he graduated in 2012 from Force of Nature, a six-month program that trains individuals in identifying invasive and native plants, wildlife, and trial maintenance. This spurred him to begin volunteering at several preserves, including Green Hills and Crows Nest Preserve in Elverson, Pa. “I wanted to see wildlife coexist and have its place in our society,” Moffett says.