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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: April 2015
Wild Flower Walk - Sunday May 3, 2015
SLC directors invite you to join them for our 20th Annual Wildflower Walk around White’s Pond at Sunrise Park. Anyone interested in learning more about wildflowers and the beauty of our Connecticut woodlands will meet at the pavilion at 2:00 PM. Plan to wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and be prepared for some muddy areas on the trail. Cameras and books are welcome. The walk is open to the public and will take place RAIN OR SHINE.
Bird Walk - Saturday May 9, 2015
S LC director, Art Sikes, will lead a bird walk at the Overlook Ridge Property which is located on Spruce Street. Meet at the entrance at 8:00 AM and bring your field glasses (binoculars), walking shoes and bird book. It is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE.
TRAILS DAY NATURE WALK - Sunday June 7, 2015
Take a leisurely walk with leaders, Mike and Liz Stanley, along the Metacomet Trail to an overlook with a view of western Mass and CT. While walking we will be on the lookout for wildflowers, birds, notable trees, and interesting rocks. We should see some ladyslippers, osprey, chestnut trees and lava. Also, there is the remains of an old cabin. Meet at the roadside parking on Route 168 across from Phelps Road at 10:00 AM. Be sure to wear walking shoes, bring water and a snack. RAIN CANCELS. For more information contact Mike at 860-668-5304 or HIKELIKEMIKE@aol.com
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: $30 Family Membership $20 Individual Membership $15 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