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Land Acquisition Announcements
NCLT Acquires "Stevenson Woodlands"

In May 2012, the NCLT acquired the 30 acre Stevenson Property, now known 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.

 
$50,000.00 Grant from Jessie B. Cox Charitable Lead Trust-Cox Family Fund
June 2010:  The Northern Connecticut land Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Jessie B. Cox Charitable Lead Trust-Cox Family Fund at the Boston Foundation. The Trust will use this grant toward the purchase of a 30 acre forested property near Webster Road in Ellington. The Land Trust will protect the property as open space and open it to the public for passive recreation. The property abuts the Shenipsit State forest and contains a trail that connects to the Soapstone Mountain Blue Dot trail system.
 
When the Ellington Board of Selectmen decided in February of this year not to purchase of this property as open space, the Land Trust Board of Directors, recognizing the value of this parcel for recreation, watershed protection and wildlife preservation, decided to start a fund raising effort. The Land Trust submitted grant requests to the Boston Foundation and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to fund the purchase. The DEP grant request is currently under review by the State.
 
Donation of 83.8 Acres in Tolland CT by Richard Lee

December 2009. The Northern Connecticut Land Trust had a Merry Christmas indeed, as it received an 83.8 acre gift from Lee and Lamont Realty.  Surrounding the future Kent South development in Tolland, CT, the land is rolling, well-wooded and criss-crossed by two streams.  The new Land Trust property will be preserved as open space and will be open to the public for passive recreation.  Richard Lee of the realty commented, "We hope future generations will enjoy the preservation of this beautiful parcel."   The Land Trust will mark the boundaries and undertake a management program as it becomes familiar with the acreage.  In the future, hiking trails on this property may be linked with other protected land owned by the Town of Tolland.  The Northern Connecticut Land Trust, in its 21st year, seeks to preserve and protect open space and agricultural lands in the towns of Somers, Stafford, Vernon, Ellington, Enfield and East Windsor.  With this acquisition, Tolland will be welcomed into the fold.

 
NCTLT Holdings Surpass 1000 Acres

2009:  Some 22 years ago, the Northern Connecticut Land Trust acquired its first property, the 65 acre Skyline Scenic Area in Somers.  When the Trust closed on the 138 acre Trappe Property on Bald Mountain in Somers on October 9, 2009, the land trust surpassed 1000 acres in its holdings.  As the last piece of open space on Bald Mountain, the Trappe holding caps the preservation efforts of the Town of Somers and the Trust to preserve Bald Mountain as a wildlife refuge laced with hiking trails.  Underlying the property is an aquifer that supplies water to the town.  A true "joint effort:, the purchase was made possible by a coalition of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Town of Somers and the Northern Connecticut Land Trust.  At the closing, the parcel was deeded to the Trust.  The negotiating team consisted of President Culver Modisette, Treasurer Jim Gage and Somers Town Planner Patrice Carson who issued a statement saying, "We are grateful to the State of Connecticut and the Hartford Foundation for their ready acceptance of our proposals.  It was a very positive relationship."

 
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