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September 14, 2019: 34 people attended the White Trail opening
at the River Road Preserve Extension.
Thank you for your continued support of Roxbury Land Trust. Your time and contributions help us fulfill our mission to conserve Roxbury’s open space, farms, waterways, and heritage while offering passive recreational access and environmental education.

In 2019, thanks to your donations, we:

  • Welcomed nature lovers of all ages to RLT’s trails.
  • Invested in our farms by reclaiming pasture with a Farmland Viability Grant.
  • Helped plan for a renovation of Volunteers Bridge.
  • Started a pollinator-friendly garden at River Road Preserve.
  • Planned a pollinator meadow in Gavel Family Farm Preserve’s north field.
  • Engaged elementary and high school students from area schools in programs celebrating Roxbury’s environment and history.
  • Offered free programs including “Reading the Forested Landscape” with the Minor Memorial Library and Roxbury Conservation Commission, “Connecticut’s Industrious Beavers” at the Town Hall and RLT’s Baldwin Preserve, and our annual Dave Beglan Memorial Walk: From Sea Floor to Majestic Mountains: A Geologist’s View of Mine Hill on Thanksgiving Saturday.
  • Sponsored hikes including a Connecticut Trails Day hike at Brian E. Tierney Preserve and opened the new White Trail exploring upland and riparian habitat adjacent the Shepaug River just south of and expanding the River Road Preserve.
  • Helped support the Pomperaug River Watershed Association’s Youth Conservation Corps, Litchfield Greenprint’s AmeriCorps River 3 Group, and Taft School volunteers who built trails at River Road and constructed a boardwalk and entry steps at the Van Deusen Preserve.
  • Prepared to enter our 50th Year in 2020: Please save the date for RLT’s Special Anniversary Event on 8/22/20 at Roxbury’s Hurlburt Park.

    We thank all our generous contributors and invite you to say hello at our office at 6 Mine Hill Road. Thank you for all you do for conservation!

    Above: June 7, 2019: Volunteers and staff planting a pollinator-friendly garden at River Road; photo by Ann Astarita.


        

    RLT directors, farmers and staff at Pathfinder Award presentation by Working Lands Alliance

    RLT Won Working Lands Alliance Award

    The Roxbury Land Trust received the 2018 Working Lands Alliance's Outstanding Organization Pathfinder Award on November 14th, 2018 at the State Capitol. Recognized for its accomplishment in advancing farmland preservation in the State of Connecticut, the Land Trust recently developed, under the supervision of the Farm Management Committee and Property and Land Manager James Curren, a lime management program to improve the soil quality on its agricultural lands. The mission of WLA's Pathfinder Program is to increase the productivity of the soil now and for future generations of farmers.

    The Roxbury Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of its working farmlands. Throughout its history the land trust has actively sought working farmland properties for preservation.

    The Trust currently leases its tillable agricultural lands to several local farmers. The total tillable acreage owned by the Land Trust adds up to approximately 240 acres with an additional 120 acres of tillable acreage protected by a conservation easement. Leases are written to ensure the farmers use sustainable farming practices on the land. Farmers pasture animals, grow hay, corn, pumpkins and variety of vegetables on the properties.

    In 2017, the Farm Management Committee developed a lime management program to improve the soil for agriculture. This program was intended to increase the productivity of the soil now and for future generations of farmers. In December 2017, the Land Trust applied more than 300 tons of lime to its agricultural fields through the program to help neutralize soil pH. Farmers were encouraged by the results and reported higher yields in 2018 over previous years due to the lime application.

    Barbara Bradbury-Pape Has Joined RLT as Development Director

        
    The Roxbury Land Trust has appointed Barbara Bradbury-Pape as the organization's new Director of Development. Bradbury-Pape, a 20-year Litchfield County resident, assumed her responsibilities on August 31, 2017 following the retirement of Susan Payne, who served most recently as the Director of Development.

    The former Site Director of Bethlehem's Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bradbury-Pape possesses a rich history of working in non-profits, including The National Trust for Historic Properties and The USS Constitution Museum. Additionally, her non-profit knowledge is furthered through her current work as a Trustee of The New Britain Museum of American Art and The Connecticut Community Foundation and previous board work with Litchfield Historical Society and Flanders Nature Center.

    Bradbury-Pape joins Ann Astarita, Executive Director of the Roxbury Land Trust, and James Curren, Land and Property Manager, in promoting the mission of the organization, which is to preserve Roxbury's heritage, conserve open space, farms and waterways while offering environmental education and public access to its properties. Specifically, Bradbury-Pape will be responsible for grant writing, donor relations and fundraising.

    "I am happy to join the Roxbury Land Trust, an impressive non-profit with a long-standing reputation for quality programs and management. I look forward to working with the staff, board, volunteers and Roxbury residents to further the goals of the organization through the preservation of open space, which is a great benefit to many."

    Established in 1970, the Roxbury Land Trust oversees more than 3,700 acres in its preserve system with 32 preserves, active farms, and 30 miles of hiking trails. For more information, please contact the organization at 860.350.4148 or via email at execdirector@roxburylandtrust.org.

    Susan Payne Has Retired

    On June 1, 2017 Susan Payne, who served the Roxbury Land Trust for 15 years as development director and executive director, retired.

    RLT wishes Susan, who was instrumental in RLT’s accreditation and in the acquisition of our new home at 6 Mine Hill Road, every best wish as she focuses on grandparenting, volunteer commitments, and artistic pursuits.

    Pictured at right: Joe Godfrey, Brian Duda, Barbara Ungeheuer, Susan Payne, Barbara Bradbury-Pape, and John Payne.

       

        

    RLT names Ann Astarita Executive Director

    The Roxbury Land Trust is pleased to announce Ann Astarita has been named Executive Director effective February 1, 2017. Ann has over 25 years of environmental experience working as an environmental scientist and consultant, nature center outreach coordinator, conservation and wetlands enforcement officer, and environmental law paralegal. She looks forward to expanding RLT’s school programs and working with local non-profits on environmental programs and projects.
    Left: Attendees of RLT’s "Geology of Mine Hill" lecture in September enjoyed a special, guided field trip to the Mine Hill Quarry with instructor John Smoliga and RLT director Marc Olivieri. Right: Volunteers Bridge has been repaired. Photo by Michael Audette.

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