Northern Connecticut Land Trust Announcements
|September 27, 2014: Talcott Ravine Loop Trail Archeology/Geology hike
Talcottville History and Geology Walk
The public is invited to a free walk on Saturday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. in the historic Talcottville section of Vernon. Meet in the parking lot at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon, for a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville gorge, Hop River Rail Trail, historic bridges and buildings, the sites of former mills, and early fall foliage. Geologically, the walk will start out on the Portland Arkose, take us over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits. Some of the terrain is steep and bumpy, so please wear sturdy sneakers or shoes. This moderately paced two-hour walk will educate participants about early times in the Talcottville area. Speakers include geologist Dr. Gary Robbins, from the University of Connecticut, Gail Faherty, director of the Northern CT Land Trust, Jon Roe, historian and webmaster of the Tankerhoosan and Talcottville web sites: www.tankerhoosen.info and www.talcottville.net, and Susan Barlow of the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. The hike will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please.
|NCLT Annual Meeting: September 28, 2014
Somers Congregational Church
Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm dinner and dessert (bring own utensils/plates/cups)
Speaker: Eric Hansen, a forester with Ferrucci & Walicki, LLC will speak about forest management. Eric has in the past worked with NCLT to develop a forest a management plan for Whitaker Woods and has recently participated in a forest bird habitat assessment by The Audubon Society and the Ct Agricultural Experiment Station for our Bald Mountain Preserve. Eric holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (2002). He is a CT Certified Forester and a USDA-NRCS Technical Service Provider. He has been with Ferrucci & Walicki since 2012. Prior to coming to F&W he worked as a County Forester in Vermont and worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the Metropolitan District Commission in Connecticut and the CT DEEP Division of Forestry before working in Vermont. Eric is a member of the Society of American Foresters and was elected as Vice-Chair of the CT Chapter of SAF for 2013 and is Chair for 2014. He lives in New Haven, CT.
|ATTENTION HIKERS: BEAR SIGHTING
ATTENTION HIKERS: A black bear has recently been sited in the Boothroyd property. During your walk alert any bear in the vicinity to your presence by making noise especially in areas with limited sight distance such as laurel thickets. If you do see a bear do not approach but walk slowly back the way you came. Do not run. Please report any sightings to NCLT@sbcglobal.net.
|Learning about nature!
On July 28, 2014, Richard Bailey and Leslie Grant led a short walk at McCann Family Farm for 14 children and 3 teachers from Lego Creative Daycare in Enfield on July 28th. The walk was organized in response to a request to NCLT for a walk to allow the children to experience and learn about "wilderness". The walk lasted a little over an hour and ended when a thunderstorm threatened. Along the way we talked about things found along the trail from wild grapes and snails to poison ivy and nettles.
See the wonderful thank you notes from the children.
|Boothroyd Preserve Balanced Boulder Trail Hike
On June 21, 2014 thirteen people attended the hike on the Balanced Boulder trail in perfect weather. The photos shows most of the hikers. Photo by Albie Grant.
|Photo Gallery Updated!
See our Gallery with updated photos of work parties, hikes and canoe trips. Photo Gallery
|Chestnut Orchard Inoculation Work Party June, 2014
NCLT created and has maintained an experimental chestnut orchard at Swann Farm in partnership with The American Chestnut Foundation starting in 2007. The trees planted in the orchard are part of TCAF’s work to develop a blight resistant American chestnut. This year we are starting a new phase in the life of the orchard that will lead to the selection of individual trees that will provide nuts for the next generation. On Friday June 13th NCLT volunteers joined Kendra Gurney from The American Chestnut Foundation to inoculate the Swann Farm orchard with two strains of chestnut blight. In spite of the wet forecast, the entire orchard of about 250 trees was inoculated in three hours and finished just before the rain started. The inoculation is the first step in determining which trees have the best combination of blight resistance and pure American characteristics. Photos by Barbara Contois.
|2014 Events/Activities Schedule
See a complete listing of activities here: 2014 ACTIVITIES
Events are scheduled for June 7, 14 and 21! Don't miss out!
|2nd in Work Party Series at Boothroyd Nature Preserve
Eleven NCLT volunteers turned out to work on the new Balanced Boulder Trail at the Ernie Boothroyd Preserve on April 27, 2014. We would like to thank Jim Gage, Albie Grant, Gene Julian, Paul Lagel, Bruce Marvonek, Richard and Carole Marzi, Wes Smith, Judy Snyder, Rob Zielfelder, and Duane Pray for their hard work. We not only achieved our goal of creating the trail up to the boulder, but were able to also start work on the longer loop trail that circles the northern portion of the property. Building on this success we are planning a second work party to continue constructing this trail. More photos by Wes Smith and Richard Bailey
|NCLT Acquires 20 Acres in Stafford and 70 acres in Ellington
Satkowski Farm: September 2013. This 20 acre farm on Upper Road in Stafford was formerly owned by Katherine Satkowski. The purchase was made possible with a $45,000 grant from the Jessie B. Cox – Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation. The property will be known as the“The Satkowski Farm,” in memory of Felix and Henry Satkowski, and a sign will be erected recognizing the contributions of both the Satkowski family and the Cox Family Fund. Read the Rockville Reminder article: http://www.remindernews.com/article/2014/02/04/land-trust-secures-20-acre-stafford-parcel-for-preservation
Myers Farm: In September, 2013 the NCLT closed on the 70 acre Myers Farm in Ellington. The property abuts NCLT Swann Farm and is located between Reeves Road and Green Road. The five (5) fields on the property will be leased to local farmers for growing corn and hay. Funding for the purchase was provided by the Hartford Foundation and the Bafflin Foundation. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture and the Town of Ellington purchased the development rights.
|Jerry Stage passes away, original and long term board member
We were all saddened by the passing of Jerry Stage on January 23, 2014, after a protracted battle with cancer. Jerry was a long time supporter, Officer, Board of Director member, and Stewardship chair for many years, as well as a lover of nature and all things outdoors. He particularly loved speaking about birds, bees and wildflowers. Jerry was one of the founding members of the land trust and a man of many interests. He was an avid runner and a member of the Shenipsit Striders. Hew completed the Boston Marathon and at the age of 60 completed three 50 mile races within the span of 7 weeks. Jerry, originally from California, earned a PhD in Entomology at Berkley and was a nationally recognized expert on bees. He planned and built many of the trails on land trust properties. Friends of Jerry's gathered at the McCann Family Farm parking area on Sunday, February 2, 2014 for a remembrance hike. Photos
|Talcottville Archeology and Geology Walk
On Saturday, October 19 2013 in the historic Talcottville section of Vernon, about 60 people met for a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville gorge, including the Talcott Ravine which is a Northern Connecticut Land Trust property, historic bridges and buildings, and the sites of former mills. Geologically, the walk began on the Portland Arkose, over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits. October was archeology awareness month, and this walk celebrated the ancient times in the Talcottville area. Speakers included geologist Gary Robbins from the University of Connecticut, and Jon Roe, webmaster of the Tankerhoosan and Talcottville web sites: http://www.tankerhoosen.info/ and http://www.talcottville.net. Thank you to Susan Barlow of the Manchester Land Trust for helping to organize this successful hike. See photos.
|Hartford Foundation Grant Awarded
The Northern Connecticut Land Trust will purchase 70 acres in Ellington known as the Meyers Farm with help from a $105,000 grant. The farm is on Green Road next to the Swann Farm, which the land trust owns. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has provided $365,000 in grants to help preserve 130 acres of farmland in Bolton, Ellington and Bloomfield. The awards were provided to three separate conservation agencies including the Northern Connecticut Land Trust.
"With the aid of a $105,000 grant, the Northern Connecticut Land Trust will purchase 70 acres in Ellington known as the Meyers Farm. The farm is located on Green Road and abuts the Swann Farm currently owned by the land trust. The land trust plans to lease the fields to local farmers to keep the property as working farmland. There are also 20 acres of woodlands. Other significant funding for the $325,000 purchase was provided by the state, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bafflin Foundation."
Hartford Courant Article HartfordBusiness.com Article
|Ellington Participates in Partnership to Preserve Former Farm
This property abuts the Northern Connecticut Land Trust's Swann Farm Property. read more ...
|Exploring Bald Mountain: March 16th, 2013
Exploring Bald Mountain on Saturday, March 16th was a great way to welcome [almost] spring. This family hike explored Bald Mountain Preserve in Somers and was 2.5 miles to the summit of Bald Mountain and back. Bald Mountain is the highest point in Somers. Hike leader Richard Bailey explained the history of Bald Mountain and the contiguous pieces of property that make this one of the best greenway, hiking areas in northeast Connecticut. Photos (G. Faherty)
|Northern Connecticut Land Trust Celebrates 25 Years!
On June 3, 2012, members celebrated the NCLT 25th Anniversary! What an accomplishment and one that the Board of Directors is very proud to relay. Thank you to all the members, volunteers, sponsors and others who have made the NCLT a vital part of the northern Connecticut community. The 25 year mark is also a milestone as the NCLT now holds 1334 acres of farmland, woodlands and open space.
Board member and volunteer extraordinare Jerry Stage (above) was conferred a placque in recognition for his years of chairing the Stewardship Committee and being an active member of the Board. The Board of Directors named the trail at McCann Farm the "Jerry Stage Trail". The event was held at Worthington Pond Farm and Garden (http://www.worthingtonpondfarm.com) in Somers, Ct. This beautiful venue is owned by Dan Roullier and many thanks to his gracious donation of the facility. The band Juniper Hill Jumpers Jazz Band, played Dixieland jazz, blues and some country/western. Other sponsors who deserve a big round of applause and appreciation include: Big Y, Geisslers (Somers), Price Chopper (Vernon), Dunkin Donuts (Somers), The Country Butcher (Tolland), La Brioche Bakery (Vernon), Randazzos Package Store (Stafford), Webbs Package Store (Ellington), Tolland Cordials (Tolland), Village Spirit (Tolland) and Chestnut Hill Nursery (Stafford).
Many thanks to Ingrid Aarrestad who organized the event and the "crew": Catherine Duffield of Guilford and Bev Kurtz, Mary Mitta and Nancy Parizek of Stafford.
In memoriam: Culver Modisette and Jerry Stage.
Photos of Anniversary Party on Facebook (Photo Credits: Gaymarie Lehrer)
Photos of Anniversary Party in Gallery: New Photos added (Photo Credits: Steve Glad & Karl Hasel)