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Thanks to all the participants who attended RLT’s popular Good Hill Schoolhouse Open House on October 22nd. Pictured, above left, are directors Mary Daniel, Joe Godfrey and Carolyn Greene.

Martha Denniston Baldwin (1935-2017)

With profound sadness, the board and staff of Roxbury Land Trust report the death on September 17, 2017 of cherished colleague, director, and dear friend, Martha Baldwin.

Graduating from Vassar in 1957, Martha lived in New York City and Roxbury, CT. She worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christie's and later volunteered at the Frick Museum.

In 1962, she married Henry deForest (Harry) Baldwin and their marriage lasted until he passed away in 1997.

In 1969 the couple purchased a home in Roxbury so that their young family could enjoy weekends in the country. Ever concerned for the preservation of the rural character of the area, Harry, with Martha at his side, was one of the founders of the Roxbury Land Trust. The young couple, their sons, and later the sons' wives and children gathered here in the Litchfield Hills for vacations and holidays, as they have continued to do for decades.

In 2001, as a tribute to this dedicated and generous family, the Roxbury Land Trust acquired a 60-acre expanse of unspoiled woodlands and wetlands along Good Hill Road/Route 317 which would become The Baldwin Preserve.

Martha is survived by her two sons and their wives, Sherman and Alice of Darien, CT, and Alexander and Molly of Bethesda, MD, her two brothers and her five grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate her life is being planned for December 3, 2017 in Roxbury, CT.

Martha was a warm and generous person and a dedicated environmental advocate at Roxbury Land Trust. She will be sorely missed.

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, 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.


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.

RLT's Campaign Connecting Our Past to Our Future is Ongoing

Roxbury Land Trust renovated the building at 6 Mine Hill Road that once housed a general store and post office.

In November 2015, RLT acquired this historic building at the gateway to its 360-acre Mine Hill Preserve, a National Historic Landmark. The building now serves as the Land Trust headquarters.

We are appealing to you to help us raise $275,000 to recover part of the cost of restoration. For more information, please visit the campaign page.

Highlights from 2016

  • The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded Roxbury Land Trust national accreditation, an honor in land conservation, signifying its confidence that RLT lands will be protected in perpetuity.

  • RLT moved to into its new headquarters at 6 Mine Hill Road in July. Stop by for a visit.

  • A warm welcome to new directors Carolyn Greene and Eric Scheidt and continued thanks to our Board of Directors.

  • RLT welcomed the Maynards, a local farming family, to Good Hill Farm.

  • Trout Unlimited, the Booth School, and RLT worked on an environmental restoration project along Jack's Brook at the Brian E. Tierney Preserve.

    Please see our timeline for past highlights.

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