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Success Stories

board donationOSLT 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.

"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).

 

Land Conservation                            

The Old Saybrook Land Trust, in partnership with the Town of Old Saybrook and the State of Connecticut successfully protected the Great Cedars Conservation Area (Ingham Hill Road, formerly known as the Gleason Property), a 320-acre tract, significant for its size and unique biological features and a 51-acre tract, known as Fairbank Farm Preserve, which abuts the town park and Great Cedars Conservation Area and adds significantly to the greenway envisioned as part of the Old Saybrook Conservation Plan.                                 

Restoration of Historic Fishways                            

Since 2000, the Old Saybrook Land Trust, working with town, state and federal partners, has established ways for migrating fish to bypass dams. Chalker Millpond and Fishing Brook fishways, and in the near future, Crystal Lake Fish Bypass, will completely restore historic migratory fish runs to the headwaters of the Oyster River.                                 

Stewardship of the tidal wetlands of North and South Coves                               

The Old Saybrook Land Trust was awarded a multi-year grant from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife Division for the control of the non-native, invasive reed, Phragmites australis and for the restoration of the tidal wetlands of North and South Coves in the town of Old Saybrook.                                 

Education

The Old Saybrook Land Trust offers the public throughout the year a number of lectures and guided walks focusing on diverse conservation related topics.