New Canaan Advertiser Article on Land Trust and Trust for Public Land Partnering to Acquire the Fowler Parcel

Land Trust joins forces to conserve Fowler parcel

 

The New Canaan Land Trust has joined forces with the Trust for Public Land in a capital campaign to raise $1.3 million to acquire the 6.35 acre Jim Fowler parcel off of Silvermine Road.

The land will be a significant addition to the Land Trust's adjoining 41-acre Hicks Meadows – Kelley Uplands Audubon Sanctuary. It will forever protect the Still Pond which hosts abundant wildlife, including important birds such as the Eastern Wood Peewee, Red-eyed Vireo and Northern Flicker. The acquisition protects a migratory bird route with diverse habitats including meadows, woodlands, wetlands and a pond.

Bill Buchanan, New Canaan resident and board member of the Connecticut Trust for Public Land said, "Preserving this land from development will create a vital accessway to public land in an area of town that lacks it, the Silvermine neighborhood. The Fowler parcel will become an entry point to a 41-acre Nature Preserve, benefitting residents who will be more easily able to enjoy nature and outdoor passive recreation close to their homes." Art Berry, president of the New Canaan Land Trust, is chair of the Silvermine – Fowler Capital Campaign.  "Adding these 6.35-acres to the Land Trust's existing Hicks Meadows- Kelley Audubon Sanctuary is the key strategic focus for our organization this year," he said.

Members of the Silvermine Fowler Preserve Capital Campaign Committee are Berry, Buchanan, Lori Fernand, Robin Fryer, Mike Johnson, Carolyn O'Brien, Gina Podlesak, Chris Schipper and Alicia Sullivan.

The Trust for Public Land secured an option to purchase the land from Jim Fowler, renowned naturalist of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom fame, who has generously allowed both organizations time to fundraise for the property. Jim and Betsey Fowler lived at their Silvermine home beginning in the 1980s until recently. Jim is known for his longstanding work as a spokesperson for preserving the natural world and wildlife around us.

The Capital Campaign Committee must raise $1.3 million by this fall to preserve the land. With financial commitments from the organizations' respective boards in hand, the Committee seeks wider public support from Silvermine neighborhood and the New Canaan community to ensure that this opportunity to preserve a natural area in town is not lost. A funding application to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program was submitted earlier this year by the New Canaan Land Trust in partnership with The Trust for Public Land. An announcement regarding the grant is expected later this fall.

Capital Campaign committee member Schipper said "If, as expected, we are able to win an award of state funds, we'll be halfway toward our goal. We hope that the New Canaan and Silvermine communities join us to help make the preservation of the Fowler land and Still Pond a success for all of us to enjoy. It will be a bargain purchase, conserving an important bird sanctuary and providing a great recreational resource to the Silvermine District."

Persons or organizations interested in supporting this effort should contact either Berry at NewCanaanlandTrust@gmail.com or Sullivan at Alicia.Sullivan@tpl.org.

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Nearly 10 million people live within a one-half mile walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.

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The New Canaan Land Trust has joined forces with the Trust for Public Land in a capital campaign to raise $1.3 million to acquire the 6.35 acre Jim Fowler parcel off of Silvermine Road.Seated: Jim and Betsey Fowler. Standing are Bill Buchanan, left, TPL Connecticut Board, Mike Johnson, NCLT executive director, Alicia Sullivan, TPL Connecticut state director, Art Berry - NCLT president, and Derrek Metz - Fowler neighbor. — Chris Schipper photo

The New Canaan Land Trust has joined forces to conserve the 6.35 acre Jim Fowler parcel off of Silvermine Road. Seated: Jim and Betsey Fowler. Standing are Bill Buchanan, left, TPL Connecticut Board, Mike Johnson, NCLT executive director, Alicia Sullivan, TPL Connecticut state director, Art Berry – NCLT president, and Derrek Metz – Fowler neighbor. — Chris Schipper photo


Grey Heron on Laurel

Across from the former Audubon parcels on Laurel Road...this lovely, statuesque creature was on the lookout for a tasty snack. Happy Fall Equinox to all. Chris

Black Birch Leaves are falling on Browne

A nice first, light blanket of black birch yellow leaves on the Browne Trails. Fall is in the air....Best, Chris

Report on Invasives Management 2016

The good news is after a couple years of invasives management there has been a resurgence of native plants: wood aster, witch hazel, goldenrod, maple leaf viburnum, hog peanut vine, greenbrier, sassafras, beech and maple start ups, etc.

 

One complaint from dog walker - She wants the spraying sign at the entrance. She said it's too late inside preserve. But we spray only between the signs which are dated. (She couldn't find the date on the sign.)

 

I've talked to most visitors to the preserve about why we have to spray to rid the area of invasives that actually starve our birds because no insect will eat them, insects being the basis of the food chain.

 

I met a new person who told me her friend had already passed along the information. So folks who walk there are sharing the information with friends. I've talked to so many and when I'mworking on or off the trail, they wave or say hello as they pass.

 

The biggest invasive issue in the preserve is the winged euonymus shoots by the thousands. The roots are so strong that I have had to increase the percentage of herbicide as they have been growing past the area where first sprayed. We also need to address remaining full grown euonymus trees.

 

Next is Japanese barberry which is being disposed of year by year. For next year we need to designate exact boundary next to orchard so we can get as much of the barberry in that area.

 

The garlic mustard is also well entrenched and we will have to deal with a considerable seed bank. Next year we need to schedule a short Spring spraying to eliminate the flowering garlic mustard before it goes to seed. Then continue to attack the woodies, Japanese barberry, multiflora rose and winged euonymus in the Fall when it is most effective with the phloem sending mostly to the root. 

 

The program has had real success, but we can't just sit on our "laurel", we have to stay on top of the invasives or they will come back with a vengeance.


- Bill McKinney of Habitat Restoration Services. 

NC Advertiser: Scout project places hiking trail on Land Trust parcel

Scout project places hiking trail on Land Trust parcel

A recently completed Boy Scout Eagle project by John Peiser added a trail and natural bench on the New Canaan Land Trust’s Hicks Meadows - Henry Kelley Uplands Audubon parcel off Cedar Lane in the Silvermine District. The project includes blazing a three-tenths mile hiking trail loop and a natural bench for members of the New Canaan community to enjoy. In front on bench: Cole Schubert, Dennis Brown. Rear behind bench: Greg Brannan, Mark Peiser, John Peiser, Ryan Krolikowski, Sean diPanni, Jake Melcher.
A Scout project has put a hiking trail on a Land Trust parcel in New Canaan. In front on bench: Cole Schubert, Dennis Brown. Rear behind bench: Greg Brannan, Mark Peiser, John Peiser, Ryan Krolikowski, Sean diPanni, Jake Melcher.
A recently completed Boy Scout Eagle project by John Peiser added a trail and natural bench on the New Canaan Land Trust’s Hicks Meadows – Henry Kelley Uplands Audubon parcel off Cedar Lane in the Silvermine District. The project includes blazing a three-tenths mile hiking trail loop and a natural bench for members of the New Canaan community to enjoy.
The Hicks Meadows – Henry Kelley Uplands Audubon parcel consists of 40.7 acres and is located near the intersection of Cedar Lane and Braeburn Drive in the Silvermine section of New Canaan. The parcel grew as a series of donations starting in 1952 with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence King donating 21 acres in the memory of Henry Kelley to the Bird Protective Society of New Canaan, the forerunner to the New Canaan Audubon Society. In 1970, Ira and Margaret Hicks donated 12.75 acres to the Land Trust. The parcel grew larger with a 1.5 acre donation by Herbert and Ruth Riedel in 1986 and in 1990 with a donation of 5.5 acres by John Ripley Forbes of the Natural Science for Youth foundation. When the New Canaan Land Trust and the Audubon Society joined together in 2014, the parcel grew to its full 40.7 acre size and is among the largest in the Land Trust. The area was once a farm, but now consists of several ecosystems defined by woodlands, meadows, wetlands and a pond.
“The Hicks Meadows Kelly Highlands Audubon Parcel is a key part of the Land Trust’s Stewardship Program which seeks to make the natural beauty of New Canaan accessible to the public while preserving the environment. Our goal is to reach out to the youth of New Canaan to involve them in our efforts to improve public access. We have a series of projects including work by the High School SLOBs (Service League of Boys) and Summer Stewards, designed to make this parcel more suitable for visitation by the New Canaan public,” said Chris Schipper, president emeritus of the New Canaan Land Trust. 
John Peiser, the Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 70 of New Canaan, who led the project explained, “Before the trail was added, it was difficult to walk through the parcel. Visitors had to watch where they walked to avoid fallen tree limbs and thorny plants. The new trail gives the public a chance to take a short hike through the area and look at the interesting trees, birds and other animals that reside on the property. The natural bench is placed near a break in an old stone wall where visitors can sit quietly and enjoy all that the area has to offer.”
Schipper continued, “With the first trail complete, we can move forward with stewardship projects to add more trails so that visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of this parcel. With public support, we hope to acquire the adjoining 6.5-acre Fowler parcel creating a crucial link to the sanctuary for the Silvermine neighborhood.”
Youth and adults from New Canaan Troop 70 helped John with his project including Dennis Brown, Greg Brannan, Glen Capelo, Cynthia Peiser and Jake Melcher. Scouts included Charlie Sokolowski, Sam Capelo, Ben Capelo, Alex Capelo, Steven Capelo, Cole Schubert, Conrad Iveneza, David Seigel, Andrew Wilson, Sean DiPanni, Ryan Krolikowski (Troop 31), Joseph Peiser and Matthew Peiser.


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Eagle Scout Project on Hicks-Kelley Audubon Parcel completed



A recently completed Boy Scout Eagle Project by John Peiser added a trail and natural bench on the New Canaan Land Trust's Hicks Meadows – Henry Kelley Uplands Audubon parcel off Cedar Lane in the Silvermine District. The project includes blazing a three-tenths mile hiking trail loop and a natural bench for members of the New Canaan community to enjoy.

Troop 70 Boy Scout Volunteers for the New Canaan Land Trust Hicks-Kelley trail project on the natural bench. Left to Right: Greg Brannan, Cole Schubert, Mark Peiser, Eagle Scout Candidate John Peiser, Dennis Brown, Ryan Krolikowski, Sean Dipanni, Jake Melcher. Contributed

Troop 70 Boy Scout Volunteers for the New Canaan Land Trust Hicks-Kelley trail project on the
natural bench. Left to Right: Greg Brannan, Cole Schubert, Mark Peiser, Eagle Scout Candidate
John Peiser, Dennis Brown, Ryan Krolikowski, Sean Dipanni, Jake Melcher. Contributed

The Hicks Meadows – Henry Kelley Uplands Audubon parcel consists of 40.7 acres and is located near the intersection of Cedar Lane and Braeburn Drive in the Silvermine section of New Canaan. The parcel grew as a series of donations starting in 1952 with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence King donating 21 acres in the memory of Henry Kelley to the Bird Protective Society of New Canaan, the forerunner to the New Canaan Audubon Society. In 1970, Ira and Margaret Hicks donated 12.75 acres to the Land Trust. The parcel grew larger with a 1.5 acre donation by Herbert and Ruth Riedel in 1986 and in 1990 with a donation of 5.5 acres by John Ripley Forbes of the Natural Science for Youth foundation. When the New Canaan Land Trust and the Audubon Society joined together in 2014, the parcel grew to its full 40.7 acre size and is among the largest in the Land Trust. The area was once a farm, but now consists of several ecosystems defined by woodlands, meadows, wetlands and a pond.

"The Hicks Meadows Kelly Highlands Audubon Parcel is a key part of the Land Trust's Stewardship Program which seeks to make the natural beauty of New Canaan accessible to the public while preserving the environment. Our goal is to reach out to the youth of New Canaan to involve them in our efforts to improve public access. We have a series of projects including work by the High School SLOBS (Service League of Boys) and Summer Stewards, designed to make this parcel more suitable for visitation by the New Canaan public," said Chris Schipper President Emeritus of the New Canaan Land Trust.

John Peiser, the Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 70 of New Canaan, who led the project explained, "Before the trail was added, it was difficult to walk through the parcel. Visitors had to watch where they walked to avoid fallen tree limbs and thorny plants. The new trail gives the public a chance to take a short hike through the area and look at the interesting trees, birds and other animals that reside on the property. The natural bench is placed near a break in an old stone wall where visitors can sit quietly and enjoy all that the area has to offer. "

Mr. Schipper continued "With the first trail complete, we can move forward with stewardship projects to add more trails so that visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of this parcel. With public support, we hope to acquire the adjoining 6.5-acre Fowler parcel creating a crucial link to the sanctuary for the Silvermine neighborhood."

Youth and adults from New Canaan Troop 70 helped John with his project including Dennis Brown, Greg Brannan, Glen Capelo, Cynthia Peiser and Jake Melcher. Scouts included Charlie Sokolowski, Sam Capelo, Ben Capelo, Alex Capelo, Steven Capelo, Cole Schubert, Conrad Iveneza, David Seigel, Andrew Wilson, Sean DiPanni, Ryan Krolikowski (Troop 31), Joseph Peiser and Matthew Peiser.

The New Canaan Land Trust's mission is to preserve open space, wildlife sanctuaries and the scenic beauty of New Canaan forever. The Trust manages 367 acres in New Canaan and, on average, every home in New Canaan is within 1000 yards of a Land Trust property. In 2013, the Land Trust set a goal of engaging New Canaan youth more actively and involvement with the Boy Scouts is part of this program.

Troop 70 Eagle Scouts have completed numerous projects in the community on behalf of The New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan Historical Society, the New Canaan Land Trust and St. Mark's Church, among others. Other projects raised awareness food allergies at restaurants in town and collected donations of bedsheets for hospitals in Haiti.

Nationally, about 57,000 Boy Scouts achieve the Eagle Rank each year. Only 1 out of 15 Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Rank. Eagle Scouts comprise large portions of high achieving professions – for example, over 20% of NASA astronauts are Eagle Scouts.

Land Trust Alliance Webinar: One More Way to Connect with People in Your Community

Land Trusters,

The upcoming Land Trust webinar (details below) on "ambassador lands" is right in our wheelhouse. Providing public access to Symington, Brown, Colhoun, LHM and eventually Silvermine gives us the awareness, activities, membership and funding engines to support our stewardship activities across 380 acres.

I plan to listen in on this webinar. I think the LTA is right in focusing on "community conservation" for local land trusts like ours. The NCLT should offer neighborhoods common grounds, not battlegrounds. 

Best, Chris

From: Rob Aldrich - Land Trust Alliance <raldrich@lta.org>

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Chris,

I hope you can join us September 14, from 2–3:30 p.m. Eastern for a free webinar on "Increasing Impact with Community Conservation."

Are you thinking about perpetuity and the need for long-term support? Looking for ways to increase community passion for land and for your land trust? How about connecting more of your fellow community members to land or water that is close by and welcoming? 

If you've already heard about "ambassador lands" — lands held and managed by land trusts more for engaging people than for conserving their environmental value — then this is the webinar for you.

Dive into the details with this community conservation webinar led by Judy Anderson, where you'll learn about ambassador lands and how to:

  • Convince skeptics (among staff, board, donors, etc.) of the merit of ambassador lands
  • Think beyond hikers and other "usual suspects" as target audiences
  • Involve non-traditional constituencies in planning, design and programs
  • Be OK with working on a property that may be ecologically insignificant but perfect for people

If you haven't previously attended an ambassador lands webinar, we recommend you watch this recording.

The cost of this webinar is complimentary thanks to funding from the Land Trust Alliance's community conservation program, so don't miss out!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER »

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Sincerely,

Rob

Robert F. Aldrich
Director of Community Conservation
Land Trust Alliance

 

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New Canaan Advertiser Coverage of Fox Release at Livingston Higley Meadow

Promoting our wildlife sanctuaries. This is the best second chance for the fox siblings. Best, Chris