It's About the Land 3-17-2013

Totoket Times March 17, 2013

It’s About the Land 

It is that time of year when our land trust will hold its Annual Meeting to inform members about its current condition and outlook for the next year. The annual business meeting will be held under the pavilion at North Farms Park at 9:30 am on Saturday, June 1. We’ve chosen that date because it also coincides with Trails Day, a state-wide effort sponsored by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association to encourage hiking and getting in touch with nature. 

The business meeting will be brief, and soon after, members of the Land Trust will be on hand to guide a relatively short Trails Day hike across the Branford River (on a bridge) to the eastern side of the park. The trail follows relatively easy terrain. And the view of rock outcrop formations from the bridge spanning the Branford River is quite spectacular. 

At 11:00 am we have arranged for a guest speaker, Yale University Prof. Dr. Jay Ague, Henry Barnard Davis Professor of Geology and Geophysics, to give us an overview of the geology and geologic history of land in North Branford. He will tell us about the prominent ridge that dominates the east central section of town we know as the Totoket Mountain. The broad slope of Totoket Mountain, covered with forest, comes into view if you are driving east on the Clintonville Road (Route 22) just before Northford Center. The ”mountain” seems to have been here forever, but Prof. Ague will tell us otherwise. 

If time permits he will tell us about the unusual rock formations seen along the Branford River at North Farms Park and the ledge outcrops in the southeast portion of our town near the Guilford line. There may be time for a brief description of the very ancient great eastern fault that passes through or near the southeastern part of town. 

In case of rain, the annual meeting will be held in the community room of the Atwater Memorial  Library. Refreshments will be provided.

Otto Schaeffer, Secretary/Director