Thanks To Our Supporters!
A Recap of 2020
The Southbury Land Trust is very pleased with the results of our year end membership drive and general support we received from the community in 2020. Our annual membership drive yielded contributions from both long-time supporters and new members most of whom began exploring our preserves for the first time. In summary, we received 439 contributions in 2020 totaling $40,911. This represents a 10.1% increase from 2019 and includes general memberships, memorial donations, and donations made during the April Give Local Campaign. As a reminder, we do not receive any funds from the town of Southbury, so member support is crucial.
These funds allowed us to maintain and restore all of our existing trails which were impacted by multiple, serious weather events. The severity of the storms required help from professional tree services in addition to our staff and volunteer time. We also expanded our trail system last year, with a 5K Running/Walking course that traverses our Phillips and Lovdal Farm Preserves. This project was made possible by the Southbury Community Trust Fund and with the support of many talented and hard working volunteers. This continued care and stewardship of over 2,000 acres enhances the landscape and unique aesthetic character of our town. It also adds to the outdoor recreational opportunities and simple pleasures that all Southbury residents can enjoy.
Phillips 5K Information
Watch our 5 minute video on the creation of the 5K Course.
Click below for the course map and photos/details of the course.
Meet Joe Ruggiero SLT's New President
Joe Ruggiero was elected President of the Southbury Land Trust, taking over from Leslie Kane who is now serving as a Vice-President along with Tom Crider. Many thanks to Leslie for her strong leadership during her tenure as President.
Joe Ruggiero settled here with his wife Jennifer, and children Christina and Diana in Southbury in 1994. He is a consulting engineer by trade and predominantly writes computer software for his work but is interested in many community and civic activities. He is a member and past president of the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and is currently their treasurer. He is a very active congregant of Sacred Heart Church here in town. He joined the SLT when he and his family started to hike the area and when he became a Justice of the Peace in the year 2000, he determined to donate all of his fees derived from performing weddings to the SLT. For 16 years Joe helped to run the local bike-a-thon, the Tour-de-Tribury which raised significant funds for the local fuel bank. He later became involved as a volunteer in local government where he is currently the Chairman of the town Ethics Commission.