of the Branford Land Trust is to preserve open space in Branford
and to promote our community's appreciation of Branford's diverse
space is certainly leaving a legacy. As we and our partners (the
Town of Branford, the Guilford Land Conservation Trust, the State
of Connecticut) assemble preserves that cover hundreds of acres,
we're insuring that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will
be able to walk the trails along Hoadley Creek and Pisgah Brook,
or explore the salt marshes that line the rivers and creeks along
the shoreline of Long Island Sound as we do now. They will be able
to discover the lady's slippers and bloodroot blooming in the out
of the way places, watch the blue birds, swallows, ospreys, and
egrets that brighten our summers, and learn which butterflies lay
their eggs on the milkweeds and how the boulders came to rest on
the top of the hill.
we will be concentrating on "closing the gaps" by acquiring
additional parcels that connect or expand the preserves that we
already have. Another important consideration will be the protection
of our wetlands, both tidal and fresh water. We will also be working
to permanently protect the route of the Branford Trail. Only about
half of this recreational resource that circles the town is on protected
land, and more must be done to guarantee its continued presence.
an important concern as well, as we strive to maintain and enhance
the ecological value of our properties to pass along to future generations.
Such stewardship requires careful consideration of the existing
and potential values of each property. On some, the most appropriate
management policy is to simply keep them clean and the trails clear
and otherwise let nature take its course. But we also have opportunities
to maintain, improve, or create habitat that will enrich the natural
communities on our tracts, or protect rare species that exist there.
By acting to maintain or increase the biological diversity of our
properties, we will be creating a richer legacy to those who follow
the land entails more than acquisition and management, which brings
us to the second half of our mission statement.
We speak of
keeping our preserved land in its undeveloped state "in perpetuity."
The continued preservation of Branford's open space requires that
the generations that follow us must share our love of nature, our
appreciation of the importance of woods, fields and wetlands, and
our commitment to passing the land and all that it contains on to
their successors. We are building the foundation on which perpetual
protection will rest in many ways: working with students in Branford
schools, presenting lectures, walks and special events, and taking
our friends and families to our 'special places' and sharing the
wonders that they hold for us.
Branford Land Trust members have been working together in many ways
to build the legacy that we will pass on. Land acquisition and stewardship,
the Branford River Project, community education, and special events:
all of these are important parts of our effort. As you read about
our activities, remember that all of this is accomplished by volunteers.
Members of the Branford Land Trust can be proud of their contributions
to the legacy that we will be leaving for Branford and for Connecticut.