Feb. 2015 Acquisition — Westwoods North

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We need your support today!

When we were working to preserve the Heart of Westwoods from 2012-2014, we indicated that that parcel was one of several privately owned Westwoods holdings which have been GLCT priorities for decades. We are very pleased to report that GLCT has secured a contract to buy another of these properties, 17.5 acres just north of our last Heart of Westwoods purchase. We’ve had the owners’ permission to maintain trails on this property for decades, so many of you have likely passed across this beautiful area on the White Circle or Red Triangle trails. It is quintessential Westwoods land, rugged, fascinating, and, with your help, protected.

Today we ask you to help us secure its permanent protection and to spread the word about this effort.

Unlike the last purchase, for which GLCT spread the payments out over 3 years, we must make the full $225,000 payment on or before March 27th. We need your generous support today.

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GLCT has been able to protect 3,000 acres in Guilford – including more than 650 in Westwoods – because supporters like you value open space and generously respond to save critical parcels. Thank you for helping to protect this spectacular forest.

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Fall 2014 Acquisition on the West River

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The children of Agnes L. Landon and John H. Landon recently agreed to donate 5.5 acres of salt marsh to the Guilford Land Conservation Trust in memory of their parents, long-time Guilford residents.

The parcel stretches from near Water Street to the West River, just north of the Amtrak rail line. The land trust already owns several properties adjoining or nearby the Landon parcel, and protecting this land will enable the land trust to maintain an undivided area of salt marsh that is vital for wildlife and also allows protection of one of Guilford’s classic vistas.

“This marsh is part of one of Guilford’s iconic views from Water Street to the West River, and we are grateful to the Landon family for their gift,” said Sarah S. Williams, president of the land trust.

The land trust was founded nearly fifty years ago in large part to protect threatened salt marshes, and this gift will help to further its original mission.

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Northwoods Acquisition

The Guilford Land Conservation Trust has completed the acquisition of an important addition to the protected open space in north Guilford known as Northwoods. The addition of 26 acres of forest on the east side of Route 77 includes a scenic ridge line above Rusconi Pond. The Northwoods corridor includes GLCT’s 141-acre Broomstick Ledges property and Bluff Head, as well as the James Valley Preserve, owned by the Town of Guilford with a conservation easement held by GLCT, and the town-owned Braemore Preserve, which connects with Madison’s Rockland Preserve. The new acquisition is just to the south of the New England Scenic Trail, a federally designated trail stretching from Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire to the Long Island Sound in Guilford. The Northwoods area has an outstanding network of hiking trails enjoyed by Guilford residents and visitors to the town. GLCT acquired the new 26-acre property through a public auction for $19,000. Although there are no immediate plans for trails on the property, the land may be accessed for passive recreation from the Broomstick Ledges or using an access easement granted to GLCT by the Quonnipaug Condo Association up the Association’s main driveway.

Spotlight on GLCT

Guilford Community TV recently spotlighted the GLCT and in particular the Preserve the Heart of Westwoods Campaign. Land Trust President Sarah Williams and Land Acquisition Chair Red Erda talk to David Weinberg.

 

If you would like to support our campaign to Preserve the Heart of Westwoods, click here.

Land Trust Acquires Key Property in Westwoods

August 13, 2012

GUILFORD – The Guilford Land Conservation Trust has purchased 17 acres of woodlands in the geographic center of Westwoods from a private landowner, moving the group a step closer to fully protecting the land on which the public Westwoods trails run.

“This is a key property, and it has been a high priority of ours for many years,” said Sarah Williams, GLCT President.  “It is, quite literally, at the center of Westwoods.  Several trails cross over it, including the popular White Circle trail, and preserving it will ensure that the Westwoods forest will not be fragmented at its core.” [Read more…]