It's About the Land 6-1-2012

Totoket Times June 1, 2012

North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Incorporated

It’s About the Land

Springs early arrival, seeming to have come in late February, is a welcome sign bringing an end  to the Dull drab days of a snowless winter. The fields and forests of our town bring forth a mosaic of hues of green heralded by the songs of migrating birds. If we venture outdoors just before or after a spring shower, our olfactory senses will be greeted by the unmistakable fragrance of awakening plant life–that of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and microscopic plant life of the forest floor. Even a breezy day has a pleasant sound.

But don't take the word of another for the enjoyment of being outdoors in the woods. Here is an opportunity to enjoy the experience first hand. On June 2  our Land Trust will be sponsoring and leading hikes through our Notch Hill Brook property. Land Trust hike leaders will meet, greet, and lead prospective hikers at 10 am at the cul-de-sac of Ciro Road. Ciro Road runs south from Route 80 (near the mobile station) which is east of the Route 81/39 intersection toward the former town landfill property. For several weeks Land Trust members have been hewing a trail through this land trust parcel. Although the parcel is but 24+ acres, it is adjacent to extensive tracks of forest land held by other owners. It is like being in a wilderness.

There is another reason for getting outside and into the woods. It’s not just about the land. It is also about us, our relationship to the land, and to one another. In an era of social media we are well-connected. But being connected to social media may have an isolating effect. Getting out into the woods with family, friends, and perfect strangers is a good way to make new, or to renew personal relationships. It is a perfect place for older and younger generations to share the challenges and enjoyment of being on the trail. 

In that spirit our Land Trust will be holding its annual meeting on June 6 at the Atwater Memorial Library. At 5:30 five thirty there will be snacks soft drink beverages and an opportunity to meet others who share your interest in the work of the Land Trust. At 6 pm. there will be a brief business meeting followed by a guest speaker, Tom Lally a Northford resident who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, famous for its snowcapped peak even though it is near the equator. 

Hope to see you on the trail on 2nd of June and at Atwater, June 6 

Otto Schaeffer, Secretary

North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Incorporated.