New 5K Course Funding Secured
The Southbury Land Trust has received a grant from the Southbury Community Trust Fund to create and build a permanent 5K course on our Phillips and Lovdal Farm Preserves. This fund is part of the Connecticut Community Foundation that specifically supports nonprofit organizations that serve the Southbury, Connecticut community.
The course will make use of existing trails and will involve creating new ones that will go through forested areas and around edges of hay fields on both preserves. The course will be marked with permanent materials and will be maintained year round. We anticipate most of the work to be done in the spring, with an intended opening by late spring. Once the course is complete, we will encourage the public to hike, run or walk the course and will partner with health clubs, schools and 5K groups who will have an exciting new venue for their athletes.
We are deeply grateful to the Connecticut Community Foundation and to the Board of the Southbury Community Trust Fund for awarding us this grant.
Runners pictured here at the Lovdal Farm Preserve will soon have a permanent course to enjoy.
All Preserves Now Open
Grant Money Awarded From FEMA
After the devastation from last years tornado, we are thrilled to report that all of our preserves are now open for the public to enjoy. It took hundreds of hours of staff, volunteer and professional time to cut and clear the fallen trees from over 17 miles of trails on 7 different properties. While there is much work still to do, this was a significant accomplishment and we are grateful to all who assisted in this endeavor.
We are also very pleased to report that we received $16,429 from FEMA to assist us in tornado recovery. This grant allowed us to hire contractors that could support us in the more difficult tree removals and challenging work.
For those who are outdoor enthusiasts, our beautiful land is there for you. All of our trail maps can be accessed on our website.
Photo to the right: One of the many Spruce Brook waterfalls at the Koons Preserve.