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|Suffield Land Conservancy|
...to preserve Suffield's environment through the acquisition and maintenance of ecologically significant underdeveloped land located in Suffield and West Suffield
...to keep the natural beauty of our farmlands, woodlands for future generations.
|LAND CONSERVANCY NEWS AND EVENTS |
Last Update: October 2014
ANNUAL MEETING OCTOBER 30, 2014 at 7pm Suffield Senior Center
PROGRAM: Suffield Open Space presented by Patrick McMahon For the last 12 yrs., Patrick has served as Director of Economic and Community Development for Suffield. Come learn from him where we stand on meeting open space preservation goals, what upcoming preservation projects are being thought about, what potential conservation tools there are, and how we can encourage use of our open space assets.
An exciting and long-awaited project has taken place this spring at our Mountain Brook Preserve, located at the junction of Copper Hill and Phelps Roads in West Suffield. The idea for this project originated with the late Thea Coburn, one of the founders of SLC in 1980, and longtime Director, President, and Benefactor. She wished to establish a handicap-accessible trail and viewing platform on one of our properties. Mountain Brook was chosen because of its excellent viewing opportunities for birds and wildlife. The 27 acre property has wetlands on either side of the brook and a trail along the water. It also features woodlands and a meadow. Ed Malley of E.J. Malley Construction Co. will build an observation platform overlooking the brook which will have views along the waterway. Also, part of this project will be improving the parking lot and installing benches. Anna Mervosh, daughter of past President and present Director, Todd, and Olivia Grimard, daughter of Director, Joe, will be working on the landscaping of the property. These 8th grade Girl Scouts will be fulfilling their Silver Award obligation. They have drawn up a plan, part of which will include the planting of 15 bayberry shrubs, a hardy native, along Copper Hill Road. Trail work and the tackling of invasive plants will be included in the girls’ project. This will be springtime into summer endeavor. A dedication ceremony in Thea’s memory will take place at the site in the fall.
The SLC owns approximately 430 acres of preserved land in town. Some of which are great for walking, birding and botanizing. Enjoy all the seasons at our properties and should you come across something that needs attention or maintenance, please call SLC Director, Ed Ewald, 860-668-6678, who will direct you to the Steward of that property.
IN LOVING MEMORY Thea Dutcher Coburn
We were saddened by the passing of Thea Coburn who died unexpectedly but peacefully at her home in Suffield on May 24, 2009, as the result of an accident.
Thea, a resident of town for 53 years, was a founding member of the SLC and served as the group’s president and a member of its board for many years. From the beginning she was an active participant in local government, being one of the prime movers in establishing a local chapter of the League of Woman Voters. She became the Suffield correspondent for the Hartford Times, writing a daily column on town news for 19 years. She was the first correspondent to cover Board of Education meetings, and then was elected to serve on that board for 10 years. In 1994 she received the Paul Harris Award, the Suffield Rotary’s highest award for “Service Above Self” within the community. In 2002 she was presented the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Award for promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant and animal habitats.
The owner of a summer home in Maine, Thea was a member of the Kennebunk Land Trust and Maine Audubon Society. An avid gardener, she was also a member of the Suffield Garden Club and The Hatheway House Committee for many years. The interests of Thea were broad and included art, music, nature, architecture, the theatre and travel. Her love of life, great mentoring skills and way of challenging us to do more and better, as well as her up-beat attitude, in general, will be sorely missed by the SLC board and membership, as well as by many others. We shall also miss her hospitality through the years while hosting SLC meetings at her home on North Main St. up to the time of her death.
Thea’s last contribution to the SLC, and an idea about which she was most excited, was to have an invasive plant display at the Garden Club’s flower show held at the Hatheway House June 5-6. This display was such a success, showing appropriate native plant replacements as well, that it was set up again for our booth at Suffield-on-the-Green.
Here’s to a grand lady who was an inspiration to us all!
Overlook Ridge Signage Team
Posting team for the newly acquired Overlook Ridge property.
SLC recently took ownership of this 42 +/- ac property located off of Spruce Street. Posting began in mid - November. Pictured deep in the woods are SLC President Mike Stanley and his wife Liz, along with newly appointed Land Steward, Victoria Spellman. This property is easily accessible. SLC property signs are posted on the street and entrance is through steel gate which leads into a large open field, currently used for agricultural purposes. There is a trail located at the back of the field that extends to the end of the property and would be excellent for hiking or cross country skiing.
|Past Event Summary|
2006 Bird Walk
The 2006 Bird Walk was held on Saturday, May 6 at the Silver Creek Preserve. This preserve is a newly acquired open space associated with the subdivision being built between Longview and Hickory Streets. The walk was led by led by Art Sikes who conducts the Suffield portion of the annual Hartford Audubon Society Spring Bird Census. The above image is of some of the partisipantes from this years event.
Under a watchful eye, SLC Director Bob Stewart taking a turn on the saw.
Breaking free a block of ice.
2006 Wild Flower walk held at Sunrise Park
SLC Director, Marie Gauthier, with some of her 5th Grade students, Jack, Devon and Natalie, during the Wildflower Walk held at Sunrise Park on April 29th.
On Saturday, February 4, after 5 unsuccessful years, ice was cut the old fashioned way from White's Pond at Sunrise Park. Dennis Picard presented an interesting history on ice harvesting in New England and demonstrated some of the many techniques used in harvesting ice.
Master Ice-cutter Dennis Picard oversees a cut.
|BECOME A MEMBER|
To become a SLC member send in your tax-deductable fee to P.O. Box 421, Suffield, CT 06078
Types of SLC Memberships are as follows: $25 Family Membership $15 Individual Membership $10 Senior Citizen Membership
Contributions and dedicated gifts of any size are welcome.
|MAKE A DONATION|
The Suffield Land Conservancy is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nontaxable corporation. Donations and gifts are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Checks can be mailed to:
Suffield Land Conservancy
P.O. Box 421
Suffield, CT 06078
| SUFFIELD LAND CONSERVANCY PROPERTIES|
Spencer Woods Wildlife Preserve, Dildilian Wood Lot, Hugh M. Alcorn Wildlife Preserve, Edna Ide Wildlife Preserve, Phelps Trust Property, James Prekop Property, Harmon Wood Lot, Root-Colson Property, Howard Wells Alcorn Wildlife Preserve, Parsons Wetland Preserve, Mountain Brook Nature Preserve, Walter Rapp Property, Sydney F. Fuller Wildlife Preserve, Ridgetop Preserve, Phelon Property, Silver Creek Crossing Property, Mahoney Tract, Congamond Bogs, Overlook Ridge and Moran Property.
|SUFFIELD LAND CONSERVANCY|
PO Box 421 Suffield, CT 06078