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I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy. ~Hamlin Garland, McClure's, February 1899

Northern Connecticut Land Trust Announcements
NCLT Landmark Newsletter February 2014
2014 Events/Activities Schedule
NCLT Acquires 20 Acres in Stafford

The NCLT has acquired 20 acres in Stafford, CT. Upper Road in Stafford 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:

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.

Talcottville Archeology and Geology Walk

On Saturday, October 19 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: and  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 Article 

Leaving Land as a Legacy: April 18, 2013 Land Legacy Initiative
Ellington Participates in Partnership to Preserve Former Farm

This property abuts the Northern Connecticut Land Trust's Swann Farm Property.

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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)

A panaromic shot by Riley M.

January 12, 2013, Saturday Hike: Exploring Whitaker Woods

Although a typical wintry New England day, twenty five people showed for the two hour hike at Whitaker Woods in Somers, CT. Stone wall gazing and nature observations filled the time and good comraderie was in order. PHOTOS 

NCLT volunteers have been working for the past two years to build a trail system on our Whitaker Woods property in Somers. These trails which also connect to the popular trails at McCann Family Farm are now open to the public.
Wells Road Parking Area

On December 5, 2012, Ken Anderson spread, graded and packed approx. 65 yards of gravel and hard-pack on the Wells Road parking area to create a smooth mud-free parking area for up to eight cars. The area is 70 feet long and 45 feet deep. This is a tremendous improvement over the very rough surface that previously existed after stump removal. The photos show progress over a month and one-half

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 ( 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. 

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) 

"A Valentine for Vernon"

On February 14, 2011 the Northern Connecticut Land Trust held an event to thank the donors and contributors who collaborated and donated funds for the acquisition of the Talcott Ravine.  The event was held at the Talcottville Congregational Church.  Bill McGurk, President of Rockville Bank and William "Bill" Crawford, incoming President of Rockville Bank donated $2,000.00 to the Talcott Ravine closing costs fund completing the $10,000.00 closing cost drive required by the donor agreement.  Coffee and baked goods were donated by Dunkin Donuts (Route 83). 

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Ginny Patsun and Jack Kertenis stand next to the new sign for the Bald Mountain Preserve on Scully Road. Preserving Bald Mountain has been a life time dream for Ginny.  Having grown up nearby it had always been a safe haven for her during stressful times and profoundly influenced her desire to become a naturalist.  Jack is the Stewardship Team Leader for the Preserve which unites the Bridge, Galbraith and Trappe parcels.  Photo by Wes Smith.

Wes Smith (left) and Mike Stenz stand next to the new sign for Whitaker Woods on Wells Road.  Both are members of the Stewardship Team for that property. Wes is the Team Leader.  Photo by Jerry Stage. 

Thank you

The Northern Connecticut Land Trust Board of Directors would like to thank Brian Case for making this website possible.  Thanks also to John W. Roche of (800-673-1108) for his work and efforts.  

1% for the Planet:  Northern Connecticut Land Trust has been approved to receive grants from 1% of the Planet. 

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