One thing: Snow.
And more snow.
And more snow coming!
Is it really March yet?
Well, in like a lion… out like a lamb!
But really! What a great place to live in the winter. We have it all!
The weather in Middlesex County is generally very reasonable, that is except for when it’s crazy storming out!
And in general we have very mild winters here.
It may be a blizzard out today. But next week it’ll probably be 50 degrees outside.
And we live in New England! We could be in Maine, after all.
Sure we get some snow and the occasional blizzard for effect, but unless it is an unusual storm event (OK OK we did get walloped a few times these last couple of years)
it probably ends up somewhere in the 30′s – warm enough to go for a walk!
And where better to go for a walk than out on an MxLT Preserve to enjoy the snow.
If there is snow in the woods and covering the trails, well… wear your boots! Or get out your cross-country skis and snowshoes for a little fun!
Winter also means some extra time for our Stewardship Committee to plan it’s work for the coming year. And there will be much to do to clear trials, build bridges and get ready for the next season.
But even if you aren’t the trail building type, the MxLT Preserves are for all to enjoy, so go ahead and take a hike!
And connect to the beauty in nature that is all around us.
This land is for EVERYONE!
And please remember to tell a friend to join us with a membership in the land trust!
To all our members who keep us going:
Without your support, we cannot do what we need to do today to make sure that open space will be here tomorrow.
2013 has been a very active year for MxLT.
The land trust has been working on some large Stewardship Projects, including several major upgrades at some of our primary Signature Preserves! We’ve also been hard at the upkeep of our many preserves and trails, as well as building new trails on some of our newest preserves! We have four new preserves that we’re working to make them the places you will love to visit!
This has been a big year for our Trail Building Parties, but we are still at it – so plan to come on out and lend a hand. Check out our Stewardship pages for the stewardship activities coming this Spring. You never know what you might find… but you know it will be fun!
This year, the land trust has continued to work quietly to preserve and defend open space in Northern Middlesex County, and to steward the conservation lands we’ve already protected. These lands help provide for fresh water in our streams and buffers against flooding, for wildlife habitat and ecological diversity, for the quality of life we enjoy in our landscape and for the recreation and renewal of all who appreciate nature.
In 2014 we are continuing to implement our plans, including:
- Working on our Signature Preserves to upgrade our signs and trails to make your next visit more enjoyable.
- Continue with our Preserve Mapping Project, with the help of Wesleyan University, to remap our major preserves and trails and make maps available on-line.
- Upgrading our technology & equipment to make the mapping project possible and to work on marking and monitoring our preserve boundaries.
- Investing in additional assets including: preserving our Snow Drop Hill Garden, clearing some of our existing ponds and getting a second coat of paint on our Historic EvanmoreBarn.
- And, of course, we continue our efforts to preserve and protect our most vulnerable open spaces.
The Middlesex Land Trust’s mission is to preserve open space in Northern Middlesex County by identifying, protecting, and maintaining significant natural features such as wetlands, scenic areas, critical wildlife habitats, prime farmland, and unique geological formations. The Land Trusts accepts donations of property as well as conservation easements to ensure that these lands remain in open space for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
The Middlesex Land Trust, 27 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 343-7537