Marion Preston loved the land on which she lived. When her family asked her what to do with her land on Goshen Road in Plainfield after she passed away, she replied, “leave it for the animals.”

Marion Preston died in the summer of 2011, and her niece and nephew, Barbara Chiampa and Philip Chiampa, inherited the property that meant so much to her. To honor her aunt’s request, the sister and brother turned to the Wyndham Land Trust, who accepted their donation of the 29-acre tract and will protect it from development in perpetuity.

“Our number one priority is to see Marion’s wish come true and know the land will be taken care of,” said Barbara Chiampa. “My brother and I were brought up there and have many memories picking huckleberries and hiking through the woods. To know the land will also offer others the same adventures makes me feel good.”