During this past year, as we navigated a world rocked by a global pandemic, we’ve had time to reflect on those things that are important in life. It gave us time to think about our path for the future and the differences we are seeing in our world. However, one thing that has remained constant has been the beauty of our surroundings.
Even though we did not hold our Annual Owners Meeting last year, our Board has been working to maintain Orchid Lake property. As we did so, we realized that we needed to plan for the future of Orchid Lake by preserving the beauty, tranquility and wildlife that is part of our life at the Lake. This is where we’re asking for your help.
Recently, the Board approved an amendment to our bylaws that allows the Board to accept gifts or purchase (finances permitting) strategically placed lots throughout the lake to increase our common areas and protect our environment. In the past, Orchid Lake Estates (OLE), has been gifted or approved the purchase of single lots in the Lake when for sale. These gifts/purchases have helped preserve our natural resources and allowed us to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife found in our community. As was previously done, these lots may be made available to residents who might want to purchase land adjacent to or across from their property at some point in the future.
Many of you moved here to avoid the overcrowding and traffic found in urban or suburban areas. You’ve expressed that our beautiful forested areas should be protected and are concerned when you see trees being destroyed to build new homes. Hearing the small steps the Board is taking to preserve and enhance our community, how do you envision life at the Lake five years, 10 years, or 20 years from now? To get you started, here are a few ideas.
On the single lot parcels owned by OLE, create small park-like settings with benches installed where residents can stop and enjoy the surroundings while out walking.
Install bluebird houses around the lake. Bluebirds are a protected species and building houses will draw even more of these beautiful birds of happiness to nest in our community. If you’re interested, the Board would consider holding a birdhouse building session at the pavilion, and we’d work together to get the houses installed.
Create an Environmental Committee that would look for ongoing ways we canprotect our lake and the woodland surrounding it. Any resident/lot owner is welcome to be a part of this committee.
While we have not been holding workdays currently, these workdays would be more frequent and last only a few hours tackling just one area of need. This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know your neighbors better.
These are just a few ideas for your consideration. If you have suggestions for preserving our community and its natural resources, please fill out the survey by clicking the link.
Our goal as we move into the second half of 2021 and beyond is to protect and preserve our surroundings and come together as a community.
Kathie Cavendish, President
On behalf of the Orchid Lake Estates Board