Land Trust News


Forest Preservation Effort

Announcement

Weston & Wilton residents invited to
Community Forest Forum

April 25th at the Weston Library

 

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April 4, 2018
Aspetuck Land Trust today announced plans for a large-scale forest preservation effort in Weston and Wilton and is inviting the public to learn more and comment at a community forum planned for April 25th, from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Weston Public Library.   An open house will be held from 6:15 – 7 pm with refreshments.

The forest preservation initiative is being led by Aspetuck Land Trust in partnership with Wilton Land Conservation Trust and is part of a larger regional land preservation effort called the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership (H2H) which seeks to preserve large tracts of land between the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers in New York and Connecticut.

The land area in Weston and Wilton that the land trusts seek to protect is over 350 acres and is adjacent to over 2,100 acres of already protected land.  The lands are considered rare and resilient habitat, critical to the long-term survival of native Connecticut species threatened by the effects of climate change and fragmentation from development. Aspetuck Land Trust seeks to preserve this critical habitat by protecting and connecting more land and involving individual landowners in the effort.

According to David Brant, Executive Director of Aspetuck Land Trust, “We are excited to announce this forest preservation effort and involve the community in protecting the last frontier of undeveloped open space in our area. We invite the citizens of Weston and Wilton to attend the community forum to learn more and get involved. Everyone has a role to play to improve and repair our shared environment and everyone can make a difference.”

To register to attend the April 25 community forum at the Weston Library set for 7 – 8:30 pm, please follow this link: RSVP COMMUNITY FORUM. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:15 pm before the presentation begins at 7pm. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a bundle of native wildflowers to plant in their yard to provide food to pollinators like butterflies and bees.

The Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a local non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. ALT preserves provide passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of local communities. ALT maintains 45 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,800 acres of land. More than 1,000 individual members support the organization through annual membership contributions. 


38 acre's in Weston Preserved

In Drive to Protect ‘Last Frontier of Open Space’

 

 Bob Belknap walking the 38-acre property in Weston off of Georgetown Road

Bob Belknap walking the 38-acre property in Weston off of Georgetown Road

 

The $367,000 acquisition from the Belknap family expands Aspetuck Land Trust’s existing 86-acre Honey Hill Preserve which spans the towns of Weston and Wilton. Since its start in 1966, Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) has protected 149 properties on more than 1,800 acres.


 
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  Connecticut has lowest percentage of conserved forest, farmland in New England

Connecticut has lowest percentage of conserved forest, farmland in New England

Development has been chipping away at forest and farmland in New England at the rate of 65 acres per day, according to a new report by a research institute of Harvard University.