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Dewey Granby Oak
Photo by Peter Dinella
Granby Land Trust
Photo of the Month
November 2017
Photographer: Peter Dinella
Subject: Fall Foliage at GLT's Mary Edwards Mountain Property
Date taken: October 24, 2017
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The Granby Land Trust recently expanded its holdings in the Broad Hill Road Area, thanks to two generous gifts of land.

Marty Blackington, a longtime resident of Granby, donated 8.45-acres of land, located at 33R Broad Hill Road, to the Land Trust. Beverly Goodwin of Charlotte, Vermont, who is a descendent of the Fancher and Holcomb Families of Granby, gave a 6.82-acre parcel of land, located at 29R Broad Hill Road, to the Land Trust.

Already, the Granby Land Trust has substantial holdings in this area, including: the Diamond Ledges Preserve given by Mary Edwards (10± acres); the Frances B. Petersen Preserve (30± acres;) and the Beman Family Preserve (two parcels: 6.3 ± acres & 26.6± acres).  “We are so grateful to these landowners for these gifts of land,” says GLT President Rick Orluk. “We now have a significant block of permanently preserved land in this beautiful area of town, which serves as home to all kinds of wildlife and gives us all a place to enjoy nature.”

“Even more importantly, these properties fall within a larger block of protected open space,” continues Orluk, “which includes the McLean Game Refuge, Enders State Forest, Granby Land Trust preserves and easements, and the Town of Granby’s Holcomb Farm.”

The Blackington and Goodwin Preserves fall within the West Branch Salmon Brook sub-watershed of the Farmington River major basin. A small perennial watercourse flows to the south through the Petersen Preserve from a small wetland / pool. According to the Connecticut DEEP Natural Diversity Database (digital layer dated June 2017), there are State-listed wildlife or plant species and “critical habitats” within close proximity to the Preserves. Collectively, the Broad Hill Preserves contain mixed hemlock/hardwood forest with steep topography, numerous rock outcrops, ledges and sheer rock faces, and  high-quality, un-fragmented forest habitat that likely supports a wide diversity of birds and other wildlife.  

There are currently no blazed trails through the Preserves, but there are several wooded “paths” that have been created by visitors. Access is via Broad Hill Road. There is a small parking area at the end of Broad Hill Road, which can accommodate 3-4 vehicles. An abandoned woods road leads to a former cabin site and scenic overlook within the Petersen Preserve, where there is a small hiking trail leading to a scenic overlook within the Goodwin parcel. To the west of the Beman parcels is the Blackington parcel.

Granby Land Trust Featured in National Publication

The Granby Land Trust is excited to be featured (as the center spread, no less!) in the Winter 2017 issue of Saving Land magazine, a quarterly publication of the Land Trust Alliance. The magazine featured a beautiful mid-winter photo of the Mary Edwards Mountain Preserve, taken by our talented volunteer photographer, Peter Dinella.

When asked to submit an article about the Granby Land Trust, the GLT Board knew exactly what they wanted the subject of the article to be: 1) saving land is as much about people as it is about land; and 2) you can’t build a land trust without first building trust.

The Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than five million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C.

The Granby Land Trust works to preserve Granby natural heritage through the conservation of its scenic vistas, open space corridors, wildlife habitat, ecologically sensitive areas, and agricultural land. Founded in 1972, the Land Trust owns approximately 1,385 acres and has preserved another 1,010 acres through conservation easements. To learn more about the Granby Land Trust, go to granbylandtrust.org and become our friend on Facebook.
 
 

Granby Land Trust Holds New Year’s Day Hike

“In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.” (John Muir)

Twenty-five Granby Land Trust members and friends started the New Year right, taking a walk with nature at 9:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Led by Land Trust Board Member Fran Armentano, the walk took place on the spectacular Mary Edwards Mountain Property in North Granby. This was Fran’s 9th year in-a-row leading this walk!

Seth and Lucy enjoying a sleigh ride in 1980 on the northern edge of their Silver Street property.

Land Trust Heroes:
Lucy and Seth Holcombe Donate 150+ Acres to GLT

The Granby Land Trust recently received a wonderfully generous gift from two of its dearest friends, Seth and Lucy Holcombe, following Lucy's passing in December of 2015. The Holcombes left their beloved, 150-acre Thorne Bay Hill Farm, complete with walking and horse trails, to the organization. The Holcombes also bequeathed to the GLT the financial support to steward the property. More details on this gift and future property usage to come.

The Granby Land Trust

The Granby Land Trust works to preserve Granby's Natural Heritage through the conservation of its scenic vistas, open space corridors, wildlife habitat, ecologically sensitive areas, and agricultural land.

Mary Edwards Mountain Property
Photo by Peter Dinella
Founded in 1972, the Land Trust owns approximately 1,385 acres in Granby and has preserved another 1,010 acres through conservation easements. In addition to acquiring land, we protect and care for these properties.

Working with a range of conservation partners, the Land Trust is committed to forever
preserving Granby's rural character and its beautiful places. Please join us…

Al and Helen Wilke Donate 39-Acre Conservation Easement to Granby Land Trust
March 23, 2015

Click here to learn more.

The Granby Land Trust encourages you to buy local and support Granby's farms and orchards. By patronizing local farms, you get fresh, locally-grown foods and help make these local agricultural enterprises successful which will help to preserve these beautiful places for generations to come.

Click here for a complete listing and map of Granby farmstands and orchards.

Buy Local. Preserve Our Community.

Western Barndoor Hill Preserve Trail Map Available: Trail Open for Hiking

   
Events

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Documentary Screening – Forgotten Farms

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Hike the Godard Preserve

The Granby Land Trust is grateful to the Godard Family for their generous donation of this property for
the public to enjoy as the Godard Family has since colonial days.

The trail system's two loops involve two beautiful stream walks as well as plenty of reasonably flat woodland walking. Click here to download a brochure and trail map.

Mary Edwards Mountain Property Trail Guide and Map

Recent News

Art Show to Support Granby Land Trust
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Learn About the Artistic Process From Acclaimed Artists
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Celebrate Nature at Annual Land Trust Art Show
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Granby Land Trust and Granby Artists Association Host Annual Juried Art Show
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Artists Provide Insights and More at GLT Art Talk
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Granby Land Trust and Granby Artists Host 10th Annual Art Show
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Granby Land Trust Offers Granby Oak Wood to Artists
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Remembering Fred Wilhelm, Sr.
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Rick Orluk and Trish Percival Receive GLT's Highest Award
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Granby Land Trust Achieves National Recognition
Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

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