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.