In June 2017, the Levin Family of Ridgefield Road protected 13 acres from future development by donating a conservation easement to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust. The land, deemed “forever wild”, assures that this significant ecosystem will remain a diverse habitat for wildlife, fish and native plants.
On May 2nd, the class of 2012 planted and dedicated an apple tree at the Harrison Smith Preserve in memory of the their friend and classmate Nick Parisot. Read more in an article from The Hour.
Recently a field at the Harrison Smith Preserve was cleared as part of an invasive removal and field restoration project. See a report on the progress of this restoration project. Also, the trail that starts at the entrance at Keeler Ridge Road south and continues through the preserve and connects to Quarry Head Park has been cleared and is available for use by all.
The Land Trust has received a donation of a 3.8-acre parcel on DeForest Road from Frank J. Mercede of Stamford and his sister, Barbara A. Pierce of Weston. The property is dominated by a man-made pond and wetlands and includes one building lot and abuts other open space owned by the Trust and the Town. See more information here.
A new federal law gives fairer tax benefit for voluntary conservation agreements. Congress recently passed a law extending for two years, and improving, the tax benefits of protecting private land for many landowners (which had expired at the end of 2007). See more information here.
The restoration of Schenck’s Island continues as the freshly seeded meadow has had a full growing season and has now been freshky cut for the Fall. Ongoing work efforts continue to remove invasive. The new seeding took place last December, see an article about this in the Wilton Villager.