A Year in Review…

Dear Friends:

The past six months have been difficult, and all of us at the Branford Land Trust miss seeing you in person for our community events and trail walks. While we look forward to offering these types of activities again soon, know that despite COVID-19, the BLT continues to pursue its mission to provide access to open space and opportunities to learn about and appreciate our town’s natural resources.

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During the tumultuous spring and summer, we heard from many of you that the opportunity to get outside to walk, run, or bike helped keep you grounded, and brought your family together. Our volunteers did their best to support that by adding relevant content to our website and Facebook page, by providing trail maps and information about local preserves, and by keeping the trails maintained for your enjoyment. Particular thanks goes to our Trails Maintenance Crew which kept our trails open and safe through the early days of the pandemic, the summer of social distancing, and the mess left over from recent storms.

Our administrative tasks and board meetings have remained virtual since March, relying on Zoom and emails. The BLT used this time to monitor the health of our properties, to address issues of encroachment, and to continue a process of strategic planning, working to strengthen our organization and to set a vision for our future.

In the meantime, we’ve added two new parcels to our holdings. A 3.74 acre parcel in Pine Orchard was donated by the Alden M. Young family, and adds to the preserve around Young’s Pond and Bob’s Woods. And nearby to that, Kathleen and Parker Fox donated a pond on Orchard Avenue that is home to green herons, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, and great egrets.

All of this work could not be done without our dedicated volunteers, our hard working board members, and you — our members. Thank you!

If you have not yet done so, we hope you will continue to support the good work the BLT does by renewing your membership today!

Sincerely,
Peter Raymond, President

 

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P.O. Box 254
Branford, CT 06405
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