2015 Acquisition — Westwoods North


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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New Acquisition on the West River

Early Fall Morning

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.


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.

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…]

Land Acquisition Announcement

The Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) is pleased to announce the purchase of 7 acres directly on West Lake for $225,000. The property off Gina Lane, is a subdivision off West Lake Avenue that contains woodlands and wetlands. The land also connects to another 7.5 acres, including a small pond, which the Trust received in the summer of 2011 as a part of the subdivision process. In addition, to the south and heading west across West Lake Avenue, it links to 59 acres from the Gina Lane and Chestnut Grove subdivisions and then into the 90-acre Kampmeyer Preserve. The Kampmeyer Preserve is named for Preston Kampmeyer who bequeathed his home to GLCT in 1991. GLCT used the revenue from the sale of the home to purchase the backbone of the preserve.

“This was an unexpected opportunity. We looked at the most recent open space set aside, including land around Little West Pond, and realized that by adding these two bank-owned lots, we could do even more to buffer West Lake,” said GLCT President, Sarah Williams. In addition to protecting the water quality in West Lake, the high scenic ridgeline will remain intact and now the corridor for walkers in the area will include a spectacular view of West Lake. “This is quite a beautiful area of Guilford, with ecological values that have been priorities since Guilford first started mapping areas for conservation. We hope to protect even more land in the area over time.”

The land trust plans to offer walks on this newest acquisition over the coming months. Williams explained, “This special opportunity came together in an unconventional way, so we are appealing to the community for donations to help pay for this significant acquisition after the closing.” Stay tuned for dates to come and see the property.

Donations can be made on-line via this web site.