CVRLT board member Cheryl Rykowski and Karen Monger of The 3 Foragers led a very well-attended foraging hike at Komlo Preserve in New Fairfield, CT where hikers were enlightened on the natural resources around us, including fresh berries, wild greens, edible flowers, and summer fungi. Check out the photos below!
Having served on the board of directors for the Land Trust of Danbury prior to its merger with the New Fairfield Land Trust to form Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust (CVRLT), Cheryl Rykowski has been involved with open space conservation for more than 20 years. She has served as Vice President of Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust, and was elected as President in early 2019. We sat down with Cheryl to learn more about her, and what CVRLT has planned going forward.
How long have you been involved in open space conservation?
I was briefly involved in a land conversation group when I lived in Brewster, NY from 1998 to 2000 and then joined the Land Trust of Danbury in 2005 after meeting the then President, Bill Montgomery, at A Taste of Danbury event. He spoke so passionately and lovingly about the importance of open-space that I joined on-the-spot.[Read more…]
New Fairfield just got a little greener. The Town of New Fairfield donated more than 38 acres of prime open space to the care of Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust. Located off Elwell Road, it shares a boundary with the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center creating a contiguous green corridor of over 860 acres. For nature lovers and hikers, alike – this means many more miles that you can walk and experience the beauty of our local region.
The extensive property hosts a variety of plants and terrains including mixed hardwood forest of red and white oak, sugar maple, American beech, shagbark hickory and black birch. Tuliptree appears on the lower slopes of the property while chestnut oak is abundant at higher elevations. Other species of plants and trees include maple leaf viburnum and hardwood saplings over ferns and spotted wintergreen.
Protecting High-Quality Streams
In addition to plants and trees, an important water source will be protected. The property includes “Class AA streams” of high quality water that feed into Gerow Brook and Quaker Brook, discharging into the “Great Swamp” to the west in New York State. The 6000-acre Great Swamp is one of the largest wetlands in New York and has been designated as a “Critical Environmental Area” (CEA) by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“As with all properties monitored by CVRLT, this newly donated property will be preserved in its natural, scenic, and open condition in order to conserve and protect the animal, plant, and bird populations for generations to come,” said CVRLT board president Cheryl Rykowski. “And in keeping with our goal of connecting people with the land, we will explore the building of hiking trails where it won’t infringe on the natural habitats,” Cheryl added.
With the addition of this property, CVRLT now protects 37 parcels of land totaling approximately 555 acres across the Candlewood Valley region.
Our March 8th event at Tarrywile Mansion in Danbury was a great success as so many came to celebrate conservation and conversation! Lively silent and live auctions added to the merriment of the evening. Thank you, everyone! Check out the photos![Read more…]
The Board of Directors for Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust (CVRLT) is pleased to announce the following officer appointments for 2019:
Cheryl Rykowski – President
Faline Schneiderman – Vice President
Mike Cunningham – Treasurer and Secretary