Connecting People with Nature | March 2018 Newsletter

For the archived version of our March 2018 newsletter, click here.

  • Evans Property Purchased
  • Field Restoration Grant Received
  • Sam Ducharme on the Appalachian Trail
  • Bloomfield Lions Club Appreciation Award
  • Upcoming Events

Annual Membership Renewal Drive

Dear Friends of the Wintonbury Land Trust,

We value your continued support, and it is through your membership contributions that we continue to preserve, protect, and restore the natural beauty and resources of our community. We are hard at work on numerous projects and want to inform you of our progress, as we realize that you may not be aware of how incredibly important your contributions have been. With your help we have:

  • Acquired the Evans Parcel, a 22.8 acre combination of hardwood forests, meadows, vernal pools, and Wash Brook. This parcel, running parallel and east of Tunxis Ave, provides important habitat, flood retention upstream of the Town Center, and trail connections to Reservoir #3 and the future East Coast Greenway. We obtained it with additional support from the Bafflin Foundation, Fields Pond Foundation Inc., and the State of Connecticut DEEP OSWA fund.
  • Newgate Farms harvested its first crops at our Thrall Farm – sunflowers and squash. In 2018 we will see an even greater variety of vegetables to be shared with CSA members and farm markets.
  • At Hawk Hill Farm we have tackled repairs to the barn floor, columns, doors, electrical, and some of the siding.
  • At Lisa Lane, our partners studied how to improve drainage in the fields.
  • LaSalette Trail, which connects LaSalette Park to our Hawk Hill Farm, is well underway with notable progress in 2017 into 2018.
  • We continue to live up to our motto of, “connecting people with nature,” with public hikes on our Speer Preserve, Stouts Fields, and other parcels. Special presentations also introduced many of the amphibians, reptiles, and other creatures hikers may find in the region.

We need your help in order to continue to preserve the natural resources and beauty of our town. We kindly ask our annual members to renew your membership for 2018. You can do so by check or credit card through our website. We ask our lifetime members and other supporters to share this with your friends and neighbors. Together we are protecting our environment and building a better community.

Thank You,

Alexa Tzanova, Membership Chairperson