State Grant for Guilford
Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration is awarding approximately $3.7 million in state funding to aid in the purchase and protection of more than 1,025 acres of open space in 14 communities throughout Connecticut, including Guilford. The East River Preserve Northern Inholding, located on Westerly of Podunk Road, Southerly of Leatherman Road in Guilford, was purchased for $174,200.
This purchase secures an inholding and complements open spaces and trails at the town’s adjacent 583-acre East River Preserve and Guilford Land Conservation Trust’s 95-acre Eastwoods property. The public can access the property and existing extensive, popular trail network from the Leatherman Road cul-de-sac. The New England Trail, which traverses the northwest corner of the property, relies heavily on this preserve for a great distance, as it approaches its terminus at Guilford’s shoreline. A new trail bisecting the property, is under consideration. The property is forested with 10+/- acres of inland wetlands, including a natural spring. Swamp white oak, a very uncommon tree species, was documented during a vegetation survey by a licensed forester with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The property is capable of hosting spotted, wood and eastern box turtles.
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As a member of the Environment Committee, I work collaboratively to create and support legislation that will support initiatives and actions to reduce our negative impact on the environment and encourage innovative measures to sustain our planet. April was a wonderful time to recognize all we have done and all we still need to do to advance environmentally sound actions.
Guilford held their annual Earth Day celebration at Baldwin Middle School. It was a wonderful day which brought together community members, organizations and volunteers who came out to make the day educational, engaging and, most importantly, fun. We are the stewards of this planet and need to advocate, educate and walk the walk of doing all we can to protect and sustain our planet for generations to come.
Branford held their Earth Day celebration on the beautiful town green, filled with exhibitors, volunteers and state-wide organizations all working towards increasing awareness and engagement in actionable measures to better protect our precious planet.