Welcome to the Old Saybrook Land Trust
Old Saybrook, with its wealth of natural resources, is a beautiful place to live and to visit. The estuary of the Connecticut River has been both nationally and internationally recognized for its ecological significance, provides habitat for a number of rare and endangered species and is an important stopover for migrating waterfowl, as well as a critical spawning area for fish. Rich tidal wetlands fringe the town’s southern boundary along Long Island Sound, with two tidal river systems providing additional significant habitat. No less important are the forested uplands of the town, a complex of rocky outcrops interspersed with rich inland wetland habitat.
The Old Saybrook Land Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization. Our mission is to preserve open space and protect the town's valuable natural resources for the benefit of the general public.
Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Hike - Sunday, November 30th
The final phase of fundraising is still ongoing. About $600,000 remains to be raised out of the $10 million Trust for Public Land overall goal to purchase the property and to provide stewardship and start up funds to provide for legal public access. For donation information visit TPL.org, or preserve1000acres.com.
OSLT Donates $30,000 to The Preserve
OSLT President Joe Nochera, and Treasurer Mike Urban recently presented Alicia Sullivan and Lori Fernand of the Trust for Public Land (TPL) with a $30,000 donation toward the purchase and preservation of the 1,000 acre Preserve. For more than a year The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and their partners including the OSLT, have worked to secure state, town and private funds toward the purchase of this large tract of coastal forest.
Public financial commitments have added up to significant funds toward the $10 million goal. The state committed to $3.3 million, Old Saybrook voters approved $3 million, Essex is working to raise funds for the 70 acres in Essex through a town fund and a state grant sought by the Essex Land Trust. TPL has also received large private donations. Despite this success, State Director for the TPL Sullivan says about $600,000 is still needed by the December 2014 closing date.
According to Urban, "In addition to those from of our regular members and donors, we received funds from a number of people who indicated the funds should be used toward The Preserve purchase. We matched those funds with $15,000 that we have received over time through our Annual Fund and Membership drives. The purchase speaks to our cause, it's the biggest land acquisition that will come up in our lifetime."
"We're working to purchase the property, and working to make sure we can fulfill the dream people have had to make it publically accessible. That includes things such as trailheads, parking, restroom facilities and trail work," Fernand, TPL's Associate Director of Philanthropy, said.
If you would like to donate online visit oslt.org, or http://www.razoo.com/story/Preserve-The-1-000-Acre-Forest-1. Mail checks to The Trust for Public Land, 101 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06510. Call 203-777-7367, ext. 6, for more information. Donations are tax deductible.
"This is our opportunity to preserve, for all and forever, the huge coastal forest in our very midst. This chance may never come again. Let this be our legacy to generations yet unborn." Bill Childress, Campaign Committee Chair. (Bob Lorenz photo).
Stewardship Work Parties
New Property Purchase
OSLT recently closed on a 6-acre parcel along the Oyster River. Stewardship work is ongoing, stay tuned for an introduction to this exciting purchase. Photo byJen Gamble.
OAK Owl Prowl November 2014
On November 7, 2014 OAK gathered for an owl prowl and night hike at Town Park.