During 2012 and 2013 the Hamden Land Conservation Trust (HLCT) continued its progress on identifying parcels of land in Hamden as priorities for preservation. Criteria for selection included proximity to water, population density, location contiguous to other open space, and size of parcel. During 2013, the owners of the top priority properties will be contacted to explore conservation easements and/or donations of land.
Successful educational programs and walking tours were accomplished on various HLCT properties, as well as work parties for property improvements. HLCT continues to explore collaborations with other local conservation organizations to achieve economies and maximum public impact. HLCT anticipates increasing its exposure through social media usage such as Facebook and similar platforms in 2013.
During 2012, the Land Trust increased biodiversity by creating a butterfly/bird garden at Whitney Center. This site was certified as a Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, and will be an important stop for migrating butterflies in September.
Our recent stewardship activities include improvements to public access and enjoyment of three of our properties. At the Servoss/Mather property, we did a major cleanup, and installed a split rail fence and an interpretive sign about geology of the glacial kettle. The improvements were celebrated with a neighborhood educational program on glacial kettles. Steps and a short trail were installed at the Brethren to reduce erosion on the hillside and guide visitors up to the glacial erratic (very big rocks) that give the property its name. We have begun to clean up invasive plants and the debris from the fall storms at Johnson’s Pond and put in a well-defined trail around the pond, which will be finished over the summer.
Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I spent many days of my youth exploring pockets of green space and wandering through the streams and wetlands of my community. As I got older, I witnessed the evitable changes in the land and habitat loss. Today many of places I explored are gone. I recognized the need to help teach others about the importance of saving land and having an enlightened public. Having been a Hamden town resident for 16 years, I have also seen changes here and even though we are blessed with some large public tracts such as Sleeping Giant State Park, there is a vital need to preserve and protect open space in other parts of town. Also, there is a need to educate town citizens in order to make them more aware of opportunities such as conservation easements that offer advantages both to them and to the Town. I enjoy working with the talented Board of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust in order to accomplish the goal of saving more of Hamden’s remaining open space.
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