It's About the Land 11-15-2013

Totoket Times November 15, 2013

The North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Incorporated

It’s About the Land


 Many of us may recall the term “stakeholder” in how it  was used in a financial context. It applied to someone who invested either time or money, most likely both, in a venture that promise a reward coupled with the risk. All too often risk betrayed the optimism of an anticipated reward.


Now a days a stakeholder is defined in a broader social context. We all have something to gain or lose depending on the outcome of a specific venture undertaken by a third party. Winners and losers could be the self-employed, the unemployed, the church we may attend and support, a small business down the street, a corporation, or a governmental agency. We are stakeholders because we are part of a community with different interest in the outcome of ventures. This message is about looking ahead – it's about investing personal time and a few dollars to help us save features of our town for future generations to enjoy as past generations have done for us. So what does this have to do with land? Well you may have guessed correctly. 


It is another pitch for joining the North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Incorporated. We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization in the eyes of the IRS and the State of Connecticut. We are actively engaged in maintaining open space that we own while advocating for acquisition and protection of land that ought to be preserved as open space for the enjoyment of present and future generations. We need members. We need all the help we can get from volunteers who, as stakeholders in this town, may share a mutual interest in saving the open spaces of our town. Forested open space protects our water resources, wildlife, and unique ecological environments; it provides the calming scenery and ambience near our homes or as viewed on a daily commute. And many of us have found that hiking a woodland trail is an opportunity to restore ourselves and our connection with nature, a nearly forgotten activity of our youth.


We should also not overlook another benefit of open space; it often serves as a natural buffer for commercial or industrial developed or land that is important for economic welfare. We are now engaged in identifying tracks of open space with natural features which should be kept in their natural state because they satisfy at least one or more of the attributes described above. Obviously we don’t have resources to acquire all such land, but we can at least make informed decisions about focusing our energy and resources on those critical few. If we do nothing, they will surely disappear. Our land trust meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Atwater Library Community room at 7:00 PM. All are welcome. And watch your mailbox. 


Otto Schaeffer Secretary