Land & Property Manager Jamie Curren, Directors Brian Neff, Patrick Roy and Michael Boyd joined volunteers John and Anne Smoliga in repairing and power-washing Volunteers Bridge in spring 2017. RLT has over 30 miles of trails and 3,700 acres of land.
StewardshipLand and Resources
Roxbury Land Trust is responsible for the stewardship of more than 3,700 acres. Its preserves and easements are diverse, including forestland, wetlands and active agricultural lands. Thirty miles of trails wind through varied terrain and forest types. The restored iron mine complex at Mine Hill provides visitors a glimpse of Roxbury's iron-making heritage, making Mine Hill our most frequented preserve. Over 400 acres of active farmland are leased to local farmers to facilitate the continuation of farming in Roxbury, thus maintaining its rural character.
Given the expanse of acreage and varied uses of the land, stewardship is an essential element of the Land Trust's activities. Its stewardship efforts focus on the following:
- Protecting and enhancing agricultural lands though reclamation efforts and the farm lease program
- Providing passive recreational opportunities for the community
- Creating and maintaining vistas and viewscapes
- Enhancing wildlife habitats and corridors
- Protecting wetlands and watercourses
- Monitoring Conservation Easements to ensure compliance
To meet its stewardship obligations, RLT utilizes the talents of its employees, summer interns, its board members, contracts with local professionals, and fosters a strong relationship with its farmers. The Land Trust has been the beneficiary of several Eagle Scout and Shepaug High School Senior projects resulting in bridge repair and construction, interpretive sign placement, and trail creation. It has also partnered with the Yale School of Forestry in completing a stewardship plan to focus on nearly 600 acres of its land along the Shepaug River corridor. Volunteers and users of the preserves play a key role supporting and fostering a "leave no trace" environment while assuring trails are passable and safe. Eagle Scout, Community Service and Senior Projects are available contact the RLT office. If you are interested in trail monitoring, contact Jcurren@roxburylandtrust.org.
For funding, RLT relies on annual membership support and seeks public and private funding where appropriate. Over the years, RLT has been the recipient of grants from state and federal governmental agencies, as well as from private foundations.
May 2015 - Charlie Fleisher replaces the footbridge on the Battle Swamp Preserve for his Packer Collegiate (Brooklyn) Community Service Project.
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