Known for her unmatched efforts to protect open space in Guilford, Carolie Evans was honored on October 9 with a surprise gathering of 100 of her friends, family, and biggest fans as the Guilford Land Conservation Trust (GLCT) launched an endowment fund in her name. The group was treated to a dinner of local foods created by Drew McLaughlin, co-founder of the Dinners at the Farm. Speakers honoring Evans at the event included: David Kozak, CT Department of Environmental Protection Office of Long Island Sound Programs, David Sutherland, Government Relations Director, Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Sate Senator Ed Meyer, State Representatives Pat Widlitz and Deb Heinrich, former Guilford Environmental Planner Leslie Kane, Red Erda, Chair of Land Acquisition for the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, and, Evans’s daughter, Sally Harold, Director of the Saugatuck River Watershed Project for the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. This event raised over $14,000 toward the Endowment and GLCT has also committed $70,000 from its general fund to launch the fund. [Read more…]
The Guilford Land Conservation Trust has been honored by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council for its landmark protection of the Broomstick Ledges area.
At the council’s annual conference in April, the land trust received the Award for Outstanding Land Acquisition Effort. The land trust completed the acquisition of the 141-acre Broomstick Ledges property in 2008. The property is the largest single acquisition by the land trust since it was founded in 1965. The land offers exceptional recreational opportunities and is an important watershed and wildlife habitat. Its protection also preserved the scenic vista from Bluff Head and connected other valuable protected open space. [Read more…]
The Guilford Land Conservation Trust has completed the largest open space protection project in its history with the acquisition of the remaining 33 acres of the 141-acre Broomstick Ledges.
The spectacular property, which runs along the east side of a scenic section of Route 77 across from Bluff Head in North Guilford, had been a top conservation priority of the land trust for years due to its critical environmental and recreational importance. [Read more…]
In an acquisition that will preserve critical wildlife habitat and a well-known scenic view, the Guilford Land Conservation Trust recently purchased “Soundview,” a 45-acre property south of the railroad tracks and near the mouth of the East River.
The name “Soundview” refers to the development proposed for the land that would have included a bridge over the train tracks. The land, also known as the “Guilford Sluice” and “Saw Pit,” features marsh, field, and upland.
“It provides the beautiful backdrop for the views across the salt meadows from the town landing, Grass Island, and all along the lower East River,” land trust President Stephen Besse said of the newly protected property. [Read more…]
The Guilford Land Conservation Trust has received a bequest of open space and other property valued at $2.5 million, the largest gift in its 40-year history and believed to be the largest charitable gift in the history of Guilford.
The landmark gift was the bequest of Effie Good, who passed away in April. Ms. Good left the land trust her home on Moose Hill Road and a total of 36 acres of land.
“This is a truly magnificent gift to the people of Guilford from someone who had a great love for the town’s natural beauty and wanted others to enjoy it for generations to come,” said William M. Bloss, president of the land trust.
The gift of land is particularly prized by the land trust because of its proximity to the large Westwoods hiking trail complex of open space owned by the land trust, the state, the town and private landowners. The open space portion of the bequest will be added to the land trust’s Westwoods holdings. The land fronts Moose Hill Road, and the scenic quality of that portion of the road will be protected.
“It is a beautiful piece of property in a critical location,” Bloss said. “Effie will always be remembered for this legacy of generosity.”
Ms. Good had a long association with the land trust. She and her sister, Helen Good Bensche, sold 15 acres, including the Moose Hill Road entrance to Westwoods, to the land trust in 1991. They sold an additional 26 acres to the land trust in 1998 for less than market value. That property includes a long section of the violet hiking trail in Westwoods. The sisters’ grandfather had once used the property as pastureland.
The land trust plans to sell the Good home on Moose Hill Road and use the proceeds to support additional acquisitions of open space in Guilford.
The land trust has protected more than 2,100 acres of open space in Guilford since its founding.