In May 2012, the NCLT acquired the 30 acre Stevenson Property, now know as the "Stevenson Woodlands" for the sum of $152,000.00. The property is located on Mountain Road in Somers and abuts the YMCA property of Camp Aya-Po. The purchase was a collaboration of creative fundraising. Culver Modisette, president of the NCLT worked with and received funding from the State of Connecticut, the town of Somers, the Fields Pond Foundation, The Bafflin Foundation and the Boston Foundation.
Comments from the State of Connecticut (http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?Q=467092&A=3847): Located across the street from YWCA’s Camp Aya-Po and Lake Hurd, this parcel is mostly wooded with a cart path down to a steep ravine through which Gillette Brook flows. An abandoned trail runs along the westerly boundary and connects to the Shenipsit Blue Blazed Trail. The Northern Connecticut Land Trust will partner with the town to re-open a section of the trail that ascends Bald Mountain and follows the ridge to the Pinnacle and Shenipsit State Forest. This acquisition will initiate protection and oversight of Gillette Brook, enable fishing (native trout) for the general public and protect a wildlife corridor/greenway to other towns in which the Shenipsit is located.