The North Branford Land Conservation Trust, Inc. (NBLCT) has a rare opportunity to preserve valuable woodlands, that not long ago were destined to be a subdivision. The Regional Water Authority (RWA) has agreed to sell to the land trust 36.7 acres at the intersections of Beech Street & Pomps Lane.
Part of the Lake Gaillard parcel that makes up about 1/3 of all the land in North Branford, these two parcels are currently not open to the public. If the NBLCT is successful in this acquisition, this land will be open to all for passive recreation.
In independent evaluations of land inventory in town, both the NBLCT and the Town of North Branford, determined that protecting this land for public enjoyment is its best use. As part of a list of parcels to preserve, the NBLCT also submitted these parcels to the State to be included in the “Green Plan” – an effort by the state to preserve 21% of land as open space.
Now for the hard part. We must raise the money to pay for this acquisition. The RWA’s asking price is $593,000 (determined by 2 independent appraisals). We have two generous donors who have pledged a total of $193,000 and the land trust is contributing $50,000. We’ve received several smaller gifts so far, leaving us a balance of $340,000 that we must raise. We are reaching out to you, our Town and businesses to help us make this hope a reality. NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL! You can make a difference!
Gifts toward this cause are an investment in our community and permanent preservation of a natural landscape. This is an effort you can be proud to participate in. You, your children and their children will be able to enjoy it and admire it and know you helped to preserve it. All donations are tax-deductible!
If you are interested in helping in this cause, please contact me at: President@NBLandTrust.org
Other ways to donate and please note the reason for your donation:
-Send a check to NBLCT, POB 378, North Branford, CT 06471
-Visit our website and click on the Donate button: NBLandTrust.org
David Sargent, President