This is the second in a two-part series by GLCT President Sarah Williams, on Westwoods and the Guilford Land Conservation Trust’s current 17 acre, $300,000 acquisition at its center. It was originally published in the Guilford Courier.
Once the Westwoods trail system opened in 1966, Guilford residents visited the area in large numbers. Letters in the paper expressed residents’ gratitude for the trails and awe at the spectacular natural place they could now visit. Many of the same individuals who helped start the Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) in 1965 also took charge of the trails and, in February of 1967, the Westwoods Trails Committee became a formal subcommittee of GLCT. Today, under the leadership of Paul Proulx, this open committee continues to meet and welcomes new volunteers. In the beginning, some trails in Westwoods had been permitted across private property so, in 1967, GLCT created a list of priority properties for acquisition in order to protect the core of the forest and the integrity of the trail system. Within two years of the creation of this list, one of these properties became available. It was a small parcel near where the kiosk stands on Dunk Rock Road. [Read more…]