CT DEEP Open Space Grant Awarded to SLT 

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SOUTHBURY LAND TRUST
 

Southbury Land Trust Awarded $253,500 OSWA Grant To Fund New Parcel Preservation and Development

(Southbury, CT, June 14, 2022) - The Southbury Land Trust has been awarded an OSWA (Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition) grant of $253,500 from CT DEEP to preserve a 31-acre parcel located at 786 Reservoir Road and 443 Woodbury Road. Formerly known as the Bothwell property, the site has historic, cultural and environmental significance, according to SLT President Joseph Ruggiero. “Conserving this property is important in myriad ways. It protects important water resources and wildlife. It also creates a connected, open space corridor with its location adjacent to Woodbury’s 245-acre Trolley Bed Preserve to the north and Southbury Land Trust’s Sterling Woods Preserve to the south.  The potential for the public’s enjoyment of the property is valuable as well.”  

The property’s diverse habitat includes forest, forested wetlands, meadows, a pond, and a stream, which support a variety of plant and wildlife species. The SLT intends to make this property available to the public. SLT plans to design a trail network, a Pollinator Pathway Garden, and install an accessible wildlife viewing platform on the pond, as well as create an accessible parking area.

We are pleased with the award, said Ruggiero, and we are grateful to the support and input we received from the community, and the Towns of Southbury and Woodbury, with special thanks to Rick Dunne at NVCOG; Cindy Harrison, Southbury State Representative, as well as Southbury First Selectman, Jeff Manville; Ed Nagy with the Southbury Conservation Commission, and Nancy Clark from the Southbury Planning Commission. We are also thankful for the assistance of Barbara Perkinson, First Selectman, Woodbury, and Woodbury Conservation Commission’s David Taylor; Carol Haskins with the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition and Leslie Kane, Director of Audubon, CT and NY.”

The public is invited to join SLT as we move forward with reimagining the property. Contact us at Admin@southburylandtrust.org and visit our website at www.southburylandtrust.org

 

The Southbury Land Trust is a private, member-supported non-profit corporation whose mission is preserving farmland, open spaces and other natural resources for the benefit of present and future residents of the town of Southbury.

Since its inception in 1978 the Southbury Land Trust has preserved more than 2,000 acres, including farmland and other natural spaces. Many of SLT’s picturesque properties are open to the public for passive recreation.  Trail maps and other information may be found online at southburylandtrust.org.

Bothwell Farm Conservation Progress!

The Southbury Land Trust recently succeeded in closing on the purchase of the 31 acre Bothwell property located near the intersection of Reservoir Road and Old Woodbury Road in Southbury.  While the conservation work continues, this is a milestone in SLT's ongoing effort to fully restore and protect this ecologically significant former dairy farm. This property is part of a growing greenbelt of preserved open space, linking Woodbury's 245 acre Trolley Bed Preserve and an existing Southbury Land Trust Preserve. The acquisition of this property will conserve significant wildlife habitat, headwater streams that feed an important watershed basin and once fully preserved, this land will provide a beautiful new nature sanctuary for all to enjoy. The property currently is closed to the public, but we hope to announce more news about potential Preserve opening dates and a celebration some time next spring/summer. This conservation effort is only made possible because of our partnership with the wonderful surrounding community. Donations to assist with the continuing preservation and stewardship of this future nature preserve are most welcome.

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SLT Receives Grant For Parking Areas

at Phillips & Lovdal Preserves

The Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded the Southbury Land Trust $7,750 to improve and expand the parking areas at the Phillips Farm Preserve on Sanford Road and the Lovdal Farm Preserve on Hulls Hill Road. The grant award was recommended by the Southbury Community Trust Fund Grants Committee.

The SLT is very pleased to offer more access to the public in all weather conditions. The entrance way at Phillips Farm Preserve will have an area for approximately 12 vehicles and Lovdal Farm Preserve for 5 vehicles. Driveways and parking areas will be cleared of unsuitable materials, leveled and back filled with crushed stone. Both Preserves have seen an increase in use, particularly because of the 5K Course that was created in 2020. The work on these projects will begin in the spring of 2022.

Herbicides Used At Platt Farm Preserve

Please note that we have decided not to use Roundup® or any chemical product with Glyphosate as its active ingredient this season. Below are the links to the Safety Data Sheets of the herbicides used.

Phillips 5K Information