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Members List:

Chris Childs
Vice President:
Ed Ewald
Art Sikes
Legal Counsel:
Liz Strole
Board of Directors:
Melanie Brown
Art Christian
Muriel Coati
Brian Dudack
Marie Gauthier
Joe Grimard
Todd Mervosh
Norman Noble
Joellen Woodworth

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SLC_Lady_Slippers.1.jpgOUR MISSION:  preserve Suffield's environment through the acquisition and maintenance of ecologically significant underdeveloped land located in Suffield and West Suffield keep the natural beauty of our farmlands, woodlands for future generations.


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Upcoming Events

Bird Walk on Saturday May 11th, 8am at the Suffield Land Conservancy property on South Grand Street. There is a dirt entry road just before 1466 South Grand Street on the left hand side of the road as you are heading south, almost at the East Granby town line. Just follow the dirt road to a small parking lot just out of eye sight from the road. Again I know its very wet there and if it ever warms up could be very buggy.

Connecticut Trail Days

The Connecticut Trail Day hike will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 10am. Please meet at the intersection of Phelps Road and Mountain Road (Metacomet Trail).


The SLC owns approximately 537 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.

Mark Fenton presentation

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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!

Girl Scout project earning their Silver Award as part of this Memory to Thea Coburn. Olivia Grimard (Left) and Anne Mervosh (right)

Images taken from several SLC events.

Nesting Herons

Gerri Griswold, The Bat Lady.

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.


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.


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


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.

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